The Ali Kemp Educational Foundation
Empowering women with safety awareness and self defense
Roger Kemp is a friend of mine that I want to nominate for the Lead a Rare Life Award. From their website:
A bright future. A heart to care and help. A smile to melt worry away. All of these were taken away from Roger and Kathy Kemp when their daughter, Ali, was murdered.
So what did they do to fight back? They created a program to forever carry on Ali's legacy and ensure that what happened to her doesn't happen to another. The program is called The Ali Kemp Educational Foundation or T.A.K.E. Foundation.
T.A.K.E. Defense was established in 2005 by the Kemp family in partnership with Johnson County Park and Recreation District and in cooperation with Blue Valley Recreation Commission and Leawood Park and Recreation. Over 60,000 girls and women ages 12 and older have been trained with free hands-on self-defense training. T.A.K.E. Defense carries its message and training across the United States each year to colleges and universities such as Kansas University, University of Missouri, Kansas State University, University of Miami, Vanderbilt University, Southern Methodist University, Texas Christian University, University of Wisconsin and more. T.A.K.E. Defense Training has been featured on America's Most Wanted, ABC's "20/20" and CBS Prime Time along with numerous local and regional news casts. Our goal is clear, as said by Mr. Kemp at each program, "If we can save one life out there, I don't care what it costs; this whole program will be worth it."