KANSAS CITY, MO – Royals Charities is once again partnering with 99.7 The Point and The Ali Kemp Educational Foundation to host a T.A.K.E. Defense self-defense class on the field at Kauffman Stadium on Saturday, September 14. The class, which runs from 1-3 p.m., is free of charge and open to all females ages 12 and older.
Class participants must pre-register online at www.royals.com/takedefense and sign a waiver. Please note that individuals under the age of 18 will also need a signature from a parent or guardian to participate. Participants are asked to enter the Truman Sports Complex through Gate 1 off Blue Ridge Cut-Off and park in Lot A.
The T.A.K.E. Defense program represents a living legacy in honor of Ali Kemp, a metro teen who was murdered in 2002 while working as a lifeguard at a neighborhood pool in Johnson County, Kan. The program aims to raise safety awareness and give women the self-protection skills they need to avoid becoming the victims of violent crime. Participants will receive safety awareness tips and hands-on training in basic life-saving self-defense techniques during the class.
Royals Charities has welcomed more than 5,000 women to the ballpark for free self-defense training since the first T.A.K.E. Defense session at Kauffman Stadium in 2008.
T.A.K.E. Defense carries its message and training locally and across the United States each year to communities, colleges, and universities and has trained nearly 50,000 girls and women nationwide. The program has been featured on America's Most Wanted, ABC's "20/20" and CBS Prime Time along with numerous local and regional newscasts.