In Duluth, Minn., Karate Helps Kids at Gillette

Posted On: May 20, 2013

From golf tournaments to bowl-a-thons and even kids’ triathlons, our Children’s Miracle Network team at Gillette can turn most any sporting event into a fundraiser for our patients and families. The tournament, held at the Mattevi Martial Arts Academy in Duluth, Minn., was no exception. This year the tournament featured twelve teams of 83 competitors ranging in age from 5 to 60, and hailing from Minnesota, Wisconsin and even Michigan. All proceeds raised from the event benefited Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare through Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

Kevin Murphy, M.D., director of Gillette’s Duluth Clinic (and student at Mattevi Martial Arts) helped judge the competition, which raised more than $3,900 this year.

For the first time ever, the tournament—now in it’s ninth year—included adaptive martial arts for children and adults with disabilities. It also featured grand championship adult and junior Black Belt forms, adult Black Belt sparring, children colored belt forms, team/musical/creative forms, weapon and team weapon forms and open sparring. Duluth television station WDIO-TV captured the day’s activities on film.