GILMANTON — Since the first tournament back in 1989, Globe Manufacturing Company has been the sole corporate sponsor for White Dragon Martial Art's annual Kick for Cancer Martial Arts tournament. This event has brought in enough revenue to donated $150,000 to local area hospice centers.
Since the start of the tournament it has grown to become the largest and oldest charity martial arts tournament in the State of New Hampshire. 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.
Former martial arts teacher, Georganne Verigan who later became the Grandmaster or head of the martial arts system, wanted to do something to honor friends and family that she had lost to cancer, therefore she started the tournament.
When White Dragon Martial Arts, moved from Pittsfield to Gilmanton, the school 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.