Emily McConnell
Emily McConnell's Fundraiser

One wave sets thousands in motion.

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

$100 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!