Emily McConnell
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One wave sets thousands in motion.

Our annual fundraiser supports scholarships, our Adapted Seido Karate program, and Violence Prevention outreach in the community.

We are no longer accepting donations on this campaign, but there are other ways for you to support us today!

$560 towards $500

In 2015, I began training at Thousand Waves as a birthday present to myself. That present has continued to give me so many gifts in the time since then, and this fundraiser is one way that I can give back.

At the end of the fundraiser, we will have a week of seminars and challenges. In addition to challenging my friends and family to help me raise more money than I did last year, I'm also challenging myself to things I've never tried before: the Rolling and Falling Challenge, the Knife Defenses Challenge, and most exciting - the Board Breaking Challenge. Want to see if I can break boards? Me too! But I can't do it if I don't raise my goal. Please help!

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!