21st October 2008
“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase. Just take the first step.”
- Martin Luther King Jr.
“If you can’t feed a hundred people, then just feed one.”
- Mother Teresa
KOHunger.com is an effort to bring martial arts instructors, fighters, and coaches together to help end world hunger.
Our approach is simple:
1. We encourage and assist local martial arts instructors and coaches to organize food drives and to hold events in their own communities to raise awareness about world hunger. To accomplish this end, we provide martial arts instructors and coaches with information and tools for grass roots action in their communities.
2. We act as a spotlight to bring greater awareness to worldwide hunger relief organizations, with the intention of increasing support and donations to those organizations through the efforts of participating martial arts schools and gyms as well as through our efforts to bring awareness to the world hunger crisis globally via the internet and media.
About the Founder of K.O. Hunger:
Mike Massie knows from personal experience that hunger is a real and urgent problem, both in the U.S. and abroad.
“When I was a kid, my brothers and I would often live on the most meager of sustenance for days at a time. We were very poor by American standards, and for years my mom was too proud to accept government assistance.”
Massie tells about what it was like to go without food: “It seems surreal to think that people can actually go hungry in a place with as much wealth as the U.S., but it happens all the time and more than you think. I remember stealing vegetables from a neighbor’s garden and eating them raw. I remember eating moldy bread, because if you didn’t you wouldn’t eat at all. I remember how the hunger gnaws at you, and wondering about how I was going to eat for the day. It’s not something a kid should have to go through.”
A full-time martial arts instructor now, Massie credits his introduction to the martial arts as one of the turning points in his life. “Martial arts gave me my self-esteem and a sense of purpose, and helped keep me out of trouble. It provided a way out of poverty when I got older. I view the martial arts as a blessing from God that helped me through some tough times. I know plenty of other instructors who can say the same thing, and we just want to give back to our communities through helping other people who are in need.”
“I know one person can’t end world hunger,” says Massie. “But I also know that if even 100 martial arts schools and fight gyms mobilize their students and work toward a common goal, they’ll make an incredible impact that will ripple out globally. And it starts with just one martial arts student dropping a can of food in a collection box. Multiply that by 10,000 and you’ve made some real progress in knocking out hunger.”
How to Get Involved
If you’d like to get involved, individuals may search our Partner Listings to contact a partner school or organization in their area.
Martial arts schools and organizations that want to organize local food drives should fill out our Partner Application form. Once approved, you’ll receive an organization kit by email that will provide instructions on how to organize a food drive in your area.