Kickstart Kids is an award winning in-school character development program that uses karate to teach life-changing values to middle school and high school students.
Kickstart Kids was founded in 1990 by martial artist, actor, and philanthropist Chuck Norris with the help of President George H.W. Bush.
Today, more than 10,000 students are enrolled in 62 schools across the state of Texas. Since its inception, Kickstart Kids has impacted the lives of more than 100,000 students.
In light of the coronavirus pandemic, Kickstart Kids has cancelled or postponed all current events.
Daily classes include lessons focusing on 8 specific character values from our unique Values Curriculum.
It teaches them discipline, hard work, respect and maybe the thing we need our students to learn the most, it teaches them character.Greg Abbott, Texas Governor
There are so many children that I knew would be successful for life thanks to the character skills they learned from Kickstart Kids.Dr. Charles E. Dupre, Fort Bend Superintendent
As a single mother, KSK proved to be the life saver my family needed as we began the middle school & high school journey.Laura Norman, Mother of Four KSK Black Belts
KSK has prevented more crime and freed up more prison space than any program I have seen in 35 years of law enforcement.Bill E Waybourn, Tarrant County Sheriff
Kickstart Kids has made a difference in my life and because of that, I want to make a difference in other people’s lives.Aaryn Gundlach, Kickstart Kids Alumnus
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