By Carlotta Mohamed
With the start of the new school year right around the corner, Ultimate Champions Taekwondo in Flushing is giving back to the community by hosting a backpack giveaway to children who need them for school.
Master Michael Ro, owner of Ultimate Champions Taekwondo, located at 141-20 Northern Blvd. in Flushing, will be giving away 100 backpacks on Tuesday, Sept. 4, at 9 a.m. with light refreshments served and fun activities included.
“We notice for a lot of kids it’s costly purchasing a bookbag,” said Ro. “We have a team that competes in the U.S., and throughout the year we had a fund-raiser for the competition team, and with the remainder of the money we were able to purchase 100 bags for kids in the community.”Ultimate Champions Taekwondo, which has been in the Flushing community for 12 years, had its first backpack giveaway last year and is looking forward to hosting the event every year.
“Last year we gave out 50 bags,” said Ro. “We had a back-to-school party with food, snacks, and drinks. If this year goes well and a lot of kids come in for backpacks, we’ll definitely work hard to have a bigger fund-raiser to do more next year with supplies added.”
There will be music, a bounce house, light refreshments, popcorn machine, and games inside the Taekwondo school for the community to enjoy.
Reach reporter Carlotta Mohamed by e-mail at cmoha