Sandoval Karate Offers Free Special Olympics Program

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Sandoval Freestyle Karate offers Special Olympics' athletes the opportunity to learn karate and self-defense at their Chandler, Arizona location.

Instructor Bill Munger celebrating with a student at Sandoval Freestyle Karate

Instructor Bill Munger congratulates student on job well done

Students that have challenges are the most determined, positive, and devoted. I enjoy them so much and wish I had started this program years ago.

Every Thursday, from 6:15 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., a group of Special Olympics athletes, ranging in age from ten to thirty-four years old, gather at Sandoval Freestyle Karate’s Chandler location. Kristi Sandoval, herself, is the primary instructor. She says, “Students that have challenges are the most determined, positive, and devoted. I enjoy them so much and wish I had started this program years ago.” Paul Lesaca, Bill Munger, and Jerry Hernandez are assistant instructors.

The Sandoval Special Olympics Karate Program is completely free of charge and all the equipment is provided, which includes karate gees, sparring gear, and boards for breaking. The students follow a curriculum like all other Sandoval students. Kristi Sandoval reports, “Our students have learned how to jump rope, do several blocks, kicks, and strikes. They break boards, earn belts, and receive diplomas. We expect a lot out of our students and they always deliver. I can see each student earning their black belt one day.”

Every student has remained dedicated since the program has started, so the class is currently full. Interested Special Olympics athletes should call Sandoval Freestyle Karate’s Chandler location at Dobson and Germann Roads. The phone number is (480) 664-8827. Openings will be filled from a waiting list.

Background on the Sandoval Special Olympics Karate Program

In 2011, Kristi and her husband Allen, owners of Sandoval Freestyle Karate, decided to make a donation to a Special Olympics karate program. They searched the State of Arizona, and to their amazement, found no such program existed. This absence compelled the Sandovals to create one.

It took Kristi Sandoval a while to get in touch with the folks who needed to authorize their new program for the Special Olympics, but she was determined. Eventually, her persistence produced the desired result.

About Sandoval Freestyle Karate

Sandoval Freestyle Karate offers self-defense and martial arts that include techniques derived from taekwondo and American kenpo to students of all ages at its Gilbert and Chandler, Arizona locations. Allen and Kristi Sandoval, the owners, have been teaching martial arts for a combined forty years. Sandoval Freestyle Karate offers karate camps for children throughout the year and karate birthday parties. Classes are grouped by age and skill level and are offered five days a week.

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