MEDFORD, Ore. -- The Ladies Who Shine Self-Defense Party at the Spartan Boxing Gym is looking to raise money in order to empower local youth.
On Thursday, April 18th, the Spartan Boxing Gym will hold a self-defense class for women. The class is for women ages 16 and up. It takes place from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
The event is free to attend, but there is a suggested $30 donation. The donation is to fund the Key Project, which gives self-defense classes to the local youth.
The event is put on through the partnering of the Key Project and Ladies Who Shine.
The Key Project is a group ran through Spartan Boxing, managed by Troy Wohosky. It gives local kids something to do after school, while holding them accountable when it comes to grades in school. Also, it gives them self-defense classes. The project aims to make kids leaders inside the ring, and outside as well.
Ladies Who Shine is an organization started by Iris Strange. It finds local causes around the valley to fund-raise for. Normally, the group picks one cause a month. This month, she wanted to contribute to the Key Project. She also wanted to get self-defense education for women in the process.
"Just to be able to have that confidence and empowerment of being able to get in your car or go in a parking lot in the evening, and having that confidence you are prepared mentally and even physically to know what to do if you were in a situation," Strange said.
Both groups said it is extremely important to empower women, and not just in a physical situation.
"I think it is great to be able to show that women empowerment. Women also have the right in this world to be able to be leaders as well," Wohosky said.
To help achieve both groups goals, they are welcoming the children of those taking the class. If you are attending the class, and you have a child, they would like you to bring said child to the class.