Unexpected benefits: Gemma’s Martial Arts Story

Did you know that sports bring unexpected benefits that go beyond the game, enriching lives in surprising ways?

Gemma, an 8-year-old with “boundless energy”, thrives on activity. However, her journey is uniquely influenced by the challenges of having two older siblings with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Despite Gemma’s spirited nature, she encounters frustrations stemming from her family dynamics and requires strategies to navigate them effectively. Stacey, Gemma’s mother, shared her discovery of Molalla Striking Arts—a pivotal moment in Gemma’s life.

Stacey, Gemma’s mom

“We were so grateful to find Molalla Striking Arts,” Stacey recalls. “It has taught her life skills, problem resolution, and brought her a new confidence to give her the strength to withstand the challenges of siblings with ASD.”

Through martial arts, Gemma experiences unexpected benefits beyond physical activity. The structured environment of the dojo serves as a catalyst for personal growth, equipping her with essential life skills and bolstering her resilience in the face of adversity.

Gemma emerges from her practice with newfound confidence, enabling her to confront familial challenges. The Every Kid Sports Pass plays a vital role in supporting Gemma’s journey, ensuring that financial constraints do not hinder her participation in the martial arts program. With this support, Gemma continues to thrive in an environment that fosters camaraderie, self-discovery, and empowerment.

Gemma’s story exemplifies the unforeseen rewards that sports and activities offer kids. Through Every Kid Sports, children like Gemma gain access to opportunities that enrich their lives in unexpected and profound ways.

Sports are awesome. They do so much more for us than just something to play. Join our community of monthly donors to help more kids, like Gemma, experience the unexpected benefits of play! 


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