Presentation of T.A.K.E. Self-Defense Program on the Field at Kauffman Stadium is Sept. 14

A presentation of The Ali Kemp Educational (T.A.K.E.) Foundation Self-Defense Seminar on the playing field at Kauffman Stadium will take place on Sept. 14. The Kansas City Royals, 99.7 The Point, and the Johnson County Park & Recreation District have teamed to present this free program.

This award-winning program, which is being presented at Kauffman Stadium for the sixth year, will take place beginning at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14 and will last about two hours. Participants are asked to complete a registration form they can find online at http://kansascity.royals.mlb.com/kc/community/take_defense.jsp and bring it with them, but officials said walk-in participants will be accepted on the day of the event. This seminar is taking place on a Saturday when the Royals are out of town.

Those planning to attend are asked to enter the stadium through Gate 2 and proceed to Gate D or through Gate 6 and proceed to Gate B. In case of inclement weather on the day of the event, those planning to attend are asked to call (913) 236-1290 to be advised of cancellation or rescheduling of the event. Participants should consider bringing sunglasses and sunscreen. Bottled water will be provided.

JCPRD Corporate and Community Wellness Manager Jill Leiker said the first half-hour of the class, consisting of verbal instruction and talk about safety awareness, will take place with participants in the stands. For the hands-on training portion, Leiker will move to a stage on the turf and participants will move onto the field.

The T.A.K.E. self-defense program represents a living legacy in honor of Ali Kemp, a 19-year-old Leawood resident who was murdered while working as a lifeguard at a neighborhood pool in Johnson County. The goal of the program is to raise awareness and to give women ages 12 and older the self-protection skills they need to avoid becoming victims of violent crime. The program has been presented to nearly 50,000 women and girls since mid-2004.

Ali’s father, Roger Kemp, received the 2011 Presidential Citizens Medal in recognition not only for founding her foundation and T.A.K.E. Defense, but also for his campaign using billboards to picture criminal suspects, a tactic which has since been adopted by law enforcement across the United States, including the FBI. In 2005, the Kansas Recreation and Park Association honored the T.A.K.E. program with its Innovative Program of the Year Award. The following year, it won an achievement award in the safety category from the National Association of Counties (NACo).

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