We have been involved with many local organizations as well as some national ones. We have sponsored Newark National Little League teams and area soccer teams for numerous years. We’ve been a part of Delaware’s Adopt-a-Highway program with helping to keep Polly Drummond Hill Road clean.
AKS has helped those less fortunate by having many canned food drives to benefit The Food Bank of Delaware. The ‘Blankets for Warmth’ drive in 1993 was the brainchild of Jim Clapp’s and helped to raise over $2500 and filled the shelters in Delaware with enough blankets to keep many warm for the winter. We have donated many times to Emmaus House, St. Clare Medical Outreach Program, Canine Partners for Life, Child Inc., and The Boys and Girls Clubs. An Annual Toys for Tots Drive is held every Holiday season.
In the late 1970’s, Jim and Judy helped Anthony Maczynski found the Delaware Association for Blind Athletes (DABA) and raised much-needed funds to help the team attend the 1980 & 1984 Blind Olympics. They also helped to train Anthony (an AKS Black Belt) to win many gold medals and set National records in the Track & Field events he entered. AKS raised these funds through their spectacular ‘Fight for Sight’ martial arts shows.
Nationally, AKS has been involved with Chuck Norris’ Kick Drugs Out of America (KDOOA) program and has raised and contributed many dollars over the years. This program is geared towards providing martial arts instruction in the public school system for inner city youth as an alternative to drugs, alcohol, gangs and violence. It is a program which is gaining credibility and popularity nationwide. We sure are happy to help so many less fortunate learn the values and benefits of the martial arts.