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Stardust Jiu Jitsu

$5,830 of $25,000 goal

Raised by 54 people in 9 months
Stardust Jiu Jitsu, a non-profit martial arts program for kids in Memphis, is committed to providing all kids with after school opportunities and support, so that they can feel nurtured and reach their full potential. We began in 2013 in a small garage, comprised of kids mostly from South Memphis and Midtown Memphis. Because of the success and growth of Stardust Jiu Jitsu, we are raising money to build a large martial arts Center in the Binghampton neighborhood, where we will be able to serve 100s of kids! Led by Lucas Trautman (a former coach of the nationally ranked CBHS Wrestling team), our mission continues to be to create a space for kids to experiment with complex movement, feel supported, and thrive. We need your help to open the Center! An extremely generous donor has offered to match this fundraising effort, dollar for dollar, up to $25,000. Please consider making a donation to the building of Stardust Jiu Jitsu’s beautiful new Center, so we can open our doors and expand this important work of child development to those children who don’t have many other opportunities. No child will be turned away because of disability or inability to pay.
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STARDUST JIU JITSU!!! - We are in our HOME STRETCH of fundraising, thanks to the many amazing friends who have contributed!! We are making one last push to raise money, no amount is too small (because they seriously add up), and we have a MATCHING DONOR, so anything you give gets matched!! $500 will scholarship a child for a year in our program, and these kids are so amazing!! We are creating the most dynamic grappling program I’ve ever seen, and giving them the chance to SHINE!! As we’ve been building, so many kids have come to the site to watch it being built - kids from Africa, Latin America, Memphis - I CANNOT WAIT to show you all the festival of JOY, POSITIVITY, and PERSEVERANCE, that will be born as I meld my passions of child mental health and grappling at this Center!!! We need you!! No donation is too small!! Let’s do this!!!
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We have momentum and are raising money because of you generous friends!! Thank you! We need it, as we are raising money to open a sustainable, consistent, nurturing after school Center for kids in Binghampton!! We only have 4 more days to raise the rest of the money, which will be matched dollar for dollar by a generous donor. NOW is the perfect time to give! We need you! A $500 donation scholarships a child in the Center for an entire year!! These are children who I know, and who’s lives will be deeply impacted by our program, right here in Memphis. You will be able to follow their journey on Instagram. Please consider sponsoring a child with a $500 donation to Stardust Jiu Jitsu today!
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“Some residents of inner city neighborhoods have adopted sedentary lifestyles and poor diets due to a lack of grocery stores, limited green space and transportation options, fewer recreation centers and high rates of violent crime. These factors can contribute to heart disease, heart failure, stroke and cardiac death, according to the paper published (2015) in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology.”

I am a child psychiatrist raising money to build a new Center in Binghampton, which at its core is a public health initiative. Throughout my medical training as an MD, specifically my degree from Tulane School of Public Health, I learned that early childhood experience in the inner city can contribute to early death from chronic disease. I am putting my public health training and love of Jiu Jitsu into practice, by building a non-profit after school program for kids with these risk factors, and I need your help to get it started. Please consider a financial contribution today, by clicking on the fundraiser link, and your donation will be matched by a generous donor. I believe this work is vital to the health of our communities, and I am SO grateful to my friends who have already donated! We are building something beautiful! 5 more days to reach our goal!!!
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Thank you SO MUCH to my friends who have donated to our kids’ program already!! As we are now 24 hours into our fundraising campaign, we have reached $1,000!!!! Stardust Jiu Jitsu is a robust kids’ martial arts center in the Binghampton neighborhood, and I am putting my heart and soul into it, to bring the kids there the opportunities and support to shine brightly! Any donation helps, especially because we have a donor matching dollar for dollar up to $25,000. Help us get there!!! 6 more days to go!!
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