We formed Power Up Scholarship Fund, Inc. (“PowerUp”) to provide scholarships for underprivileged children to partake in enriching after school and summer activities. We are starting with martial arts training as the first activity. We believe that martial arts training instills important core values, and that martial arts studio owners will welcome subsidized students. Many gym owners already provide discounted tuition for students who can’t afford to train.
I have just started to see Sensei’s teachings and Kim’s guidance sink in and show in their improved behavior. They are more respectful at home, and this weekend I even got a couple of “Yes, Ma’am’s!” when I asked them to do something. I can’t wait to see what kind of little people they will be by next May!
Elizabeth Gibson, legal guardian of two students
When my husband started the scholarship fund, I didn’t realize how beneficial the experience would be for our own son. He did one week out of six this summer, and I wish we had sent him for more. Trey is amazing with the kids, and our son became fast friends with all the kids.
LEE SCEE, FOUNDER’S WIFE, MOTHER OF PAYING STUDENT
I have struggled with raising three boys for the last few years. We have been with Power Up for only a short time and can already see a huge difference; confidence, strength, focus, interest and school work has all improved across the board.
CHER EADY, MOTHER OF THREE SCHOLARSHIP STUDENTS
Our son Joey, who has high functioning autism, started working with Sensei Trey 5 years ago. This past spring he earned his black belt. This achievement belongs not just to Joey for his hard work and determination, but to Trey and everyone at PowerUp for their tireless desire to find the strengths and possibilities in every child. Joey will remember this accomplishment the rest of his life, and that would not be possible without PowerUp
JEFF CHIUSANO, FATHER OF PAYING STUDENT
I now have the peace of mind knowing that my three boys can look up to a reputable father figure and mentor we all call Sensei. I am proud to say Power Up is transforming my three boys into wonderful young men.
Cher Eady, Mother of three scholarship students
Power Up has far exceeded my expectations! We originally joined to gain strength, discipline and self-defense skills. Six years later, my children are now Black Belts and are further developing their leadership, confidence and teamwork skills.
Dianne Jeckewicz, mother of three paying students
We have been very blessed to be a part of Power Up martial arts studio. Through martial arts, our son developed a great deal of discipline and respect for others. Sensei Trey has always been full of encouraging support for his students. He has been able to individually assess his students needs, strengths, and abilities. His wife Kim has managed to keep all the balls of the business in the air, welcoming and meeting the needs of families.
Terry Fried, mother of paying blackbelt student
Sensei Trey has a knack with helping children of all ages become the best person they can be in both mind and body. His rapport with children is inspiring, and I am always amazed at the transformation I see in the classroom.
Catherine Baublitz, Kindergarten Teacher , Garden Hills Elementary
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