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The Ellis County Press

WAXAHACHIE – Chuck Norris, actor and martial arts enthusiast, helped kick off the grand opening for ShowBiz Cinema off Highway 287 and Broadhurst Road on Thursday, May 14.

Norris, 69, no stranger to Ellis County where he filmed parts of his hit television show, Walker, Texas Ranger, was there to help his friend Kevin Mitchell, CEO of ShowBiz Cinemas while conducting a press conference.

Norris, raising awareness about his martial arts program for children, has hopes of expanding with participating schools in the area.

KICKSTART, started about 15 years ago in Houston with roughly 150 kids, now has more than 6,000 enrolled across the state with 43 schools and more than 60,000 graduates, is a martial arts program designed to "help raise self-esteem and discipline so many children are lacking these days," said Norris.

"I just want them [children] to know in their heads that they can succeed and have the courage to realize they can be what they want to be." KICKSTART, aimed at middle schools, funds itself through donations from sponsors or fundraising events.

Nearly $195,000 will bring a ful-time school to campus for three years.

Norris, who first went to the board of education in 1983 with his idea was told, "Chuck, that would never happen in a public school."

"Without former 41st President Bush, this program would not be existing right now," said Norris. "He was the one that really forced this thing to get going."

If interested in bringing a school to the area visit http://www.Kickstart.org/


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