2018 Atlantic-Pacific Tang Soo Do Foundation
Everyone was a winner! The Atlantic Pacific Tang
Foundation sponsored ten children and three chaperones to
our International Championship held in Orlando,
Florida. The Foundation was a winner, being able to
bring these children to their first ever
The children were winners. They enjoyed every
minute, though slightly overwhelmed. Just being in
the company of our Tang Soo Do family was so supportive.
Everyone was extremely encouraging. These children
live 20 miles from a grocery store, from their
school, from traffic! Vredenburgh is a beautifully
wooded area but very isolated.
The families were winners. One Mom stated, "I can't
afford to send her". Our reply was "that's why we
chose her". Her twin sister has Cerebral Palsy and Mom's time
and attention is naturally on her twin. Another
girl's mom recently passed after a long illness and
she watches her younger brother and sister.
Grandmother was concerned to send her but chaperones
were mothering to her the entire trip. Our red belt
student had been in a wheel chair most of the year
with two hip surgeries but he wasn't about to miss a
chance to compete. Another mom is raising five
children, two of whom are her sister-in-law's who
passed some years ago.
Vtown Family Karate and Vredenburgh were the
winners. Along with the financial support of the
Foundation, children and families worked to earn
their way. Children sold donuts. Through the help of
Bu SaBom Brad and Jennifer Walston, our Tang Soo Do
and Disney's partnership with Points of Light, the
children earned tickets to Disney World. The whole
town came out to engage in community service and to
help earn the hours of work by replenishing a
mountain of playground mulch.
We are all very grateful to Kwan Jang Nim St. James
for initiating the project and for the support of
all those who support our Tang Soo Do Foundation.