"Having Celebrity Supporters opens the door to get the message across to kids." States a notable Kickin' It Supporter, NJ State Athletic Commission Chief Counsel, Nick Lembo
Freehold NJ (PRWEB) May 28, 2013
A premiere event took place on May 18th celebrating the Kickin It Kids Center headquartered in Monmouth County. The day began with a free community event, the hip Park 33, where several of Kickin' Its sponsors and businesses gave out free samples of their products, children and families enjoyed games, a dunk tank, martial art demonstrations, a student hip hop show, face painting and had the rare opportunity of interacting with many of Kickin' Its Celebrity Supporters and surprise guests. A private Ribbon Cutting Ceremony followed at the new Kickin It Kids Anti Bullying, Leadership & Learning Center located at 3429 Route 9 North, Freehold.
The day-long festivities, organized by John Bruzzese, continued with an evening event exclusively for sponsors, business and celebrity supporters held at the Bella Vista Country Club in Marlboro, with an elaborate spread personally hosted by owner Anthony Beshara who he himself catered to each of the guests for the entire four hour duration of the after party.
The visionary behind the Center is Gina Marie Raimondo. When she speaks about the Center, her passion clearly comes to life. Her message is simple, “Our kids need a place to feel validated and safe.” The Kickin It Kids Anti Bullying Center offers programs for children from early preschool age through college with a core character education curriculum, Summer Camps, Child Enrichment, After School and Positive Outlet Programs featuring Martial Arts, Yoga, Music, Recreational Sports, Peer Leadership and Mentoring. These programs are designed to build character and respectful social behaviors. It is Gina Marie’s hope that this will help not only the child who is being bullied, but also the child who is doing the bullying, to “redirect negative stresses, feelings and emotions fostering into positive energy and respectful social behaviors.” All programs are designed to inspire and empower every single child to stand up for themselves and others.
Master Alan Goldberg, Director of Business Development of the Center has been practicing Martial Arts for 50 years. He believes, “the programs offered will allow kids to focus on what they can accomplish in life.”
Former UFC Contender Phillipe Nover, a professional Mixed Martial Artist and long time Kickin' It supporter shares his story with kids along with the simple message that, “Bullying is not cool.”
Miss NJ Teen USA 2010 Erica Szymanski, a key Kickin' It Spokesperson for four years, makes public appearances sharing her story of being bullied. "Hearing the experiences from those who have gone through it builds trust. I am thrilled to share with the students what Kickin' It provides for them, I am so proud to be a part of this effective organization." ~Szymanski
Performing at the evening event, was Star Search sensation Courtney Zahn and the Reverse Order, all who used their music as an outlet for bullying, sharing their passion of music to help inspire other kids to overcome the effects of bullying through music.
"Having Celebrity Supporters opens the door to get the message across to kids." States a notable Kickin' It Supporter Nick Lembo, NJ State Athletic Control Board Counsel “When kids are bullied they tend to withdraw and not participate. They’ll listen to a famous face and hear the message more clearly.” ~Lembo
Kickin' It Advisory Board Director Rocky Marciano Jr., son of the late Heavyweight Champion, became involved with Kickin' It because he wanted to do something to stop kids from hurting others or themselves because of bullying. "This Center will not only be a resource and education center for children at a (young) crucial age, this will result in ultimately changing the school climate and culture, which is our organizations core focus." ~Marciano
Many of Kickin' Its long-time celebrity supporters were in attendance including children’s author Alysia Stern and her associate Cris Melendez who co-host The Rendezvous Radio Show and Madhouse TV, 'Merciless' Ray Mercer former Olympic Gold Medalist and WBO Heavyweight title holder, Wrestlers Zach Gowen and Greg Iron, Hollywood Actor Josh Flitter, Actor Jose Hernandez Jr formerly on the hit HBO series “Oz”, Veteran Broadcaster Mike Straka of Fuse TV, David Toma renowned Newark Police Detective, having two TV shows based upon his life “Baretta” and “Toma”, were all on hand to lend their support along with another legend musician Joe Venneri of the Tokens to the young Kickin' It supporters rising actor Armani del Rio and teen spokesperson entertainment reporter Chelsea Linder.
Another notable attendee who is in full support of Kickin' It, Dr. Sheryl Wulkan the lead MMA/Muay Thai physician for the NJ State Athletic Control Board, recently selected as the Ringside Physician of the Year by the American Association of Professional Ringside Physicians and the Chair for the Association of Boxing Commissions Combat Sports Medical Committee.
Kickin' It is a national 501c3 nonprofit that offers schools support, tips, lesson plans and projects that help keep the anti bullying message present throughout the school year, conferences and workshops that allow educators of all grade levels to meet the requirements of the NJ state anti bullying laws, as well as providing free community resources.
Some of Kickin' Its major sponsors include: The WBC (World Boxing Council), Tic Tac, Ferrero Rocher, Action Martial Arts, child plush toy giant Kids Preferred, The Double Tree Hilton of Newark, Hotels Unlimited Inc, Northeast Oil of Manalapan, Cabanaman Pools of Colts Neck, A&G Flooring, Manny's Custom Carpentry, Everything Natural Too, Hands On Salon, Heart Juice, Freehold Networking for Success, Confections of a Rock$tar, Liberty Lawn Care, Investors Bank of Freehold, the Home Depot and Lowes of Howell and many others whose continuous support has been a tremendous benefit to the Kickin' It Center.
This event was the first of many slated this year, as Kickin' It is desperately trying to raise the funds for school buses, a playground, a basketball court, an organic garden and the ultimate goal of purchasing the Freehold property so Kickin' Its doors can remain open for generations to come.
For more information about the Kickin' It Center or to become a supporter, please contact office(at)werekickinit(dot)org 732-409-1132 http://www.werekickinit.org.