November 9, 2013
Some local martial arts students and instructors are showing off their chops.
The ATA Leadership Martial Arts Academy in Seminole Square held its fourth-annual Board Break-a-thon. Kids could play games, watch demonstrations and, of course, break some wood boards.
The event is designed to raise money for college scholarships for underprivileged kids.
The owners of the academy say that martial skill isn't the only thing they want kids to learn.
"I just think it's great how the kids are learning how to help people at a young age now, and the rewards of how good it feels to help others," said Elizabeth Cirone, co-owner of the academy.
"It's one of our leadership life skills that we work on is giving back, charity," co-owner Ryan Cirone said.
The scholarship is organized through the H.U. Lee Memorial Foundation, named after the founder of the American Taekwondo Association.