On August 16, 1992, the KICKSTART KIDS foundation was formed by Mr. Chuck Norris. He wanted to provide an effective martial arts program that would teach kids all the valiant traits the martial arts has to offer. Today both Mr. and Mrs. Norris consider KICKSTART KIDS their greatest mission in life and are our greatest supporters.
With the help of former President George H.W. Bush, the program was officially implemented in four middle schools in the Houston area: Burbank, Central, Hamilton, and Hogg.
Today, our program operates in over 40 middle schools in the Houston, Dallas, Galveston, Austin/Pflugerville, Navasota, Bryan/College Station and Alvin areas of Texas. We currently serve over 6,500 of today's youth, making a positive impact in their lives.
Our program is evaluated annually by an outside consultant, and the scientific case studies have shown that KICKSTART KIDS has impacted the lives of children in a positive way. The philosophies of our program are to attach our youth to caring adult instructors that contribute to the development of the student with conflict resolution skills that lead to a reduction in youth violence and bullying, creates more independence and competency, while nurturing goals of higher aspirations in the students.