Kick-a-thon raises money for Make-a-Wish foundation

Kick-a-thon

APPLETON, Wis. (WBAY) -- Kids in Appleton kicked their best Karate kicks on Saturday to raise money for the Make-a-Wish Foundation at the annual "Kick-a-thon."

Make-a-Wish helps grant wishes for children battling life-threatening medical conditions to give them hope, strength and joy during a challenging time.

Around 60 kids showed off in a kicking competition, dodge ball and other outdoor activities.

Academy owners, Jeff and Amanda Denu, say they hope the event will teach kids an important lesson.

"What we tell the kids is that it's all about giving back and this is a great experience for the kids, as young as five that were doing this all the way up. That they're learning every year when we do our fundraisers that they're helping another boy or girl. They're giving back, they're learning to give and that's becoming a trait that we want them to take with them for the rest of their life," said Jeff Denu, owner of Karate America.

Denu says they accomplished their goal and raised more than $51,000 at the academy.