|Motto||Building strong moral character in our youth through martial arts|
|Formation||August 16, 1990|
|Purpose||Drug prevention in public schools|
|Headquarters||10260 Westheimer Rd. STE 340|
|Location||Houston, Texas, USA|
|Membership||Middle school &
High school students
On August 16, 1990, the Kick Drugs Out of America Foundation (dba Kickstart Kids) was formed by Chuck Norris. He wanted to provide a martial arts program that came at no cost to the students, a program that would teach kids all the valiant traits the martial arts has to offer.
In 1992, with the help of former President George H.W. Bush, the program was officially implemented in four schools in the Houston area: Burbank, Central, Hamilton, and Hogg. Today, the program operates in over 50 schools in the Houston, Dallas, Galveston, Waco, and Austin areas of Texas. They currently serve over 7,500 of today's youth, making a positive impact in their lives.
In 2003, the foundation was renamed to Kickstart (it still maintains its official name as Kick Drugs Out of America Foundation, but now it has added a "dba" – doing business as – Kickstart Kids).
The stated mission of KICKSTART KIDS is to give middle school students the tools and support necessary to resolve conflicts, avoid participating in gangs, choose a drug-free lifestyle, resist negative peer pressure, remain in school until they graduate, while achieving a higher level of academic success and ultimately becoming productive members of our communities.
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