GILMANTON — Since White Dragon Martial Arts held its first Kick for Cancer Martial Arts tournament back in 1989, Globe Manufacturing Company has been the sole corporate sponsor for the event, which has raised abut $150,000 for local hospice efforts.
Since the start of the tournament, when our school was located in Pittsfield, our tournament has grown to become the largest and oldest charity martial arts tournament in the state. Throughout the years, this has become an international event, drawing martial artists and competitors from Florida, Michigan, Canada, New York, and all of the New England states.
Martial arts teacher, Georganne Verigan, who later became the Grandmaster or head of our martial arts system, wanted to do something to honor friends and family that she had lost to cancer and started the tournament. When our school, White Dragon Martial Arts, moved from Pittsfield to Gilmanton, it continued the tradition of hosting the annual Kick for Cancer Charity Martial Arts Tournament.
This year because of the generosity of our sponsors and participants, the total donation to local hospice programs was over $16,000.