Tee Up for Taekwondo Team's Trip to China
The university's martial arts program is hosting a fundraising golf tournament in Brentwood May 15 to support the Cal taekwondo team’s participation in the 2011 Summer Universiade Games in August in Shenzhen China, reports the Korea Times.
Participants will get dinner and golf shirts and will have a chance to win a round-trip flight on Asiana airlines, an LCD monitor, a pro-golf ball set, a golf wedge and other prizes.
One participant will get a chance to win $1 million, thanks to a sponsorship from American Purity Products, an Orinda-based dietary-supplement company. According to Russell Ahn, the director of the Berkeley Martial Arts Program, one participant who donates at the $1,000 or $2,500 level will be selected by raffle to see if he or she can make a hole in one to win the cash prize.
Taekwondo made its Olympic debut in 2000 and it is set to be part of the 2013 Mediterranean Games. The International University Sports Federation recently adopted Taekwondo as a compulsory sport for the Summer Universiade games in 2017. The average number of Taekwondo athletes participating in the Summer Universiade is well over 500, which makes it the third-largest sport in these “Olympic-style” games.
UC Berkeley played an important role in introducing Taekwondo to the United States. The team ranked third overall in the championship division at the 36th National Collegiate Taekwondo Championships April 9-10 at UC Davis. More than 400 competitors from 72 universities and colleges participated in the championship.