Iliyan and Jasmin Shariff
Iliyan and Jasmin Shariff's Fundraiser

Help Iliyan and Jasmin to reach their goal of $1250 to contribute towards Thousand Waves' outreach programs and scholarships.

Any donation is greatly appreciated! And for all donations of $50 or more, Iliyan and Jasmin will break a board in the donor's honor during Spirit Week Challnge

$776 towards $1,250

Iliyan and Jasmin started taking classes since they were four years old. Over the years, Iliyan has grown from a little boy who could barely stand still in line with his classmates to a very determined kid who practices karate even at home so he can win at the karate tournament.

Jasmin, former ballerina, turned karate princess has continued her strength training at Thousand Waves. In addition to learning martial arts, they work on strength and endurance exercises. Jasmin has better plank form and does better push ups than her mom.

What we love about Thousand Waves the most is the inclusive community they have built and we are now a part of. Students are taught to respect themselves and each other. Iliyan and Jasmin have developed a confidence in themselves and have learned with hard work, they can accomplish anything.

We want to continue the wonderful work that Thousand Waves has done for our kids and our community. Please help us raise money to help support this exceptional organization.


Some facts you should know:

Thousand Waves is a mission-driven not-for-profit in the city of Chicago that has been active in the community for over 32 years with a mission to foster fitness, healing, empowerment, and peacemaking.

Spirit Challenge Fundraiser supports Thousand Waves' work in three critical areas:

  • Scholarships, which provide funding for children and adults who wouldn't otherwise be able to study karate or self-defense.
  • Adapted Seido Karate (ASK), a partnership with RIC that provides karate for youth with disabilities.
  • Self-Defense/Violence Prevention, which provides Self-defense and Bystander Intervention workshops and courses all over the city.

Thousand Waves' name comes from the Japanese saying, "One wave sets thousands in motion." Just one donation will go a long way to helping me meet my goal for Thousand Waves. Thank you for your support!