KO FOR KIDS
WHAT IS KNOCKOUT ("KO") FOR KIDS?
KO for Kids is a family-friendly boxing event and block party (no boxing experience needed). Focused less on the "workout," it is a fundraising event and celebration for all the Kansas kids fighting a pediatric disease.
We all know a child who is battling some sort of pediatric disease. Whether it be your daughter with arthritis, nephew with diabetes, grandson with cancer or neighbor with autism. No matter the illness, when a child is diagnosed with a pediatric disease, it begins to define their life and shape the world they know. A world where every day is a battle.
Knockout for Kids is the opportunity for you to show the sick child in your life support in their fight. This event invites the community to come together and punch for pediatrics. All teams are encouraged to punch in honor, support or memory of a child. Hand wraps are distributed to each team, with the color signifying the disease their team is fighting. Each team's child is an honorary member of the team and invited to join their team representative in punching the bag during the first hour of the event. Throughout the 12-hour event, each team is asked to always have an individual punching their team bag to symbolize the never-ending battle these children face.
Though this is a fundraising event, it's much more than that. It is meant to cause an impact and make a statement. To show every child battling a pediatric illness that they never have to fight alone.
WESLEY CHILDREN'S FOUNDATION
Local Funds Supporting Local Families
Wesley Children's Foundation exists to make a difference in a child's life by supporting the health needs of sick Kansas kids and their families. Through individual assistance funding and implementation of grant-funded pediatric programs and services within the community, the foundation shares locally raised funds with local families. The heart of the Wesley Children's Foundation is to contribute to the overall health, happiness and well-being of sick Kansas children. To let kids be kids no matter their circumstances.
MEET WYATT THE WARRIOR
At the age of 12, Wyatt is diagnosed with functional dyspepsia, gastroparesis, scleroderma, tourette's, asthma, migraines and pseudo prophyria. For Wyatt, every day is a battle. In addition to a weekly chemo shot Wyatt takes several other medications to help him combat his illnesses and live the most "normal" life possible.
Wesley Children's Foundation supports Wyatt through financial assistance funding and grant-funded art therapy program.
"It's hard on a family to have a chronically-ill child. You never know what days are going to bring, from bad days to good days. Getting the opportunity through art therapy to see him get to be himself and be excited to use his own creativity is exciting for me to watch and be a part of." -Candace Wright, Wyatt's mom
Each team will have a team captain who is responsible for recruiting individuals for his or her team. Participants will be assigned shifts (determined by the captain) during which they will punch their team's
designated bag. Because the event is meant to symbolize the constant fight sick kids endure, we request each team always has at least one person on their bag, continuously punching against pediatric
diseases throughout the event!
From noon to 6 PM participants, families and community members are invited to join block party fun in the parking lot of Title West Boxing Club. Food trucks and vendors booths will be setup for shopping. Percentages of those sales will be donated to Wesley Children's Foundation. Additionally there will be kid-friendly games, music and other trainer-lead activities all afternoon!
NO BOXING EXPERIENCE IS NEEDED TO PARTICIPATE!!
Each hour consists of 15 rounds of punching. Each round is 3-minutes long followed with a 1-minute rest period between each round. Each hour is led by a Title Boxing trainer and individuals of any age and skill level will be able to participate!