Nampa martial arts students "kick," raise money for two valley services
Eric Fink reports from Sidekicks martial arts studio in Nampa Video by IdahoOnYourSide.comvideo
Saturday, more than a dozen Canyon County kids make a difference all with their feet.
The Sidekicks martial arts studio in Nampa hosted a "kickathon" for more than a dozen students to raise money for the Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline and Valley Crisis Center.
Cory Bridgewater, the lead instructor at Sidekicks humbled by his students' efforts to learn the importance of giving back at a young age.
"We like to use the term black belt as a metaphor for model citizen," Bridgewater said. "We want the kids to be the kids in the community who say here's such and such, he's a great kid. He's willing to help out, he's really respectful. It's something that they're not afraid to socialize in, especially because it's the community they are growing up in."
The "kickathon" grew to include the suicide hotline and Valley Crisis Center because a former instructor at Sidekicks took his own life last month.
The event raised more than $1,000. The proceeds were split evenly between both services.