Testimonials

 

Your support makes a difference

 

Update: Ms. Browden went on the win two Gold Medals in the AAU Nationals and the USAT Nationals. Thank you for your support!
To: The Journey Fund


I am so happy that I am able to continue my quest to become a National Team Member as well as strive to represent the United States in the Olympics. Thank you for assisting me in Taekwondo. Thanks to you my journey will continue. I will never forget what you have done for me.

Thank you, Karolyn Browden 

To: The Journey Fund

Ref: Financial Assistance

As I prepare myself for my trip to Costa Rica to compete with the AAU National Team I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for your assistance.  I was able to pay for my flight to Miami, and it tremendously eased my financial burden, and now I can focus on fighting.  I look forward to helping The Journey Fund with it's up coming fund raisers so more people can receive your blessings.

 

 Makesha Yarbrough, 4th Dan

 August 2011

 

 

Update: Ms. Edwards went on to win a Gold Medal at the AAU Nationals and a Bronze at the USAT Nationals. She was able to compete in Team Trials in Colorado in 2014. Your support has made that possible!
To: The Journey Fund


My dreams would always stay dreams and never become reality without financial support.The Journey Fund makes dreams possible and I am forever grateful.

Thank you so much, 

 

Lauren Edwards

I just wanted to express my appreciation for what The Journey Fund has done for  Team Gateway. Thank you to all who had anything to do with the fundraiser, which helped send us to the 2010 AAU  Championships. 
 

Thank you ,

Kenny Summerlin “Thunder Foot”

 

Update….Mr. Kenny competed in the 2010 AAU Nationals and won a Gold Medal and again in the 2011 AAU Nationals in TX and brought home a Bronze Medal.

Congratulations!!

Your support
 enabled Nicolas Queiroz  to compete in local tournaments to prepare for the 2014 AAU Nationals in Fort Lauderdale, FL where he won a Gold Medal. The Journey Fund sponsored Nicolas by covering his competition fees, airfare and accommodations for the AAU Nationals. Without your help he would not have been able to fulfill his dream of being a National  Champion. 

Thank you so much

Due to your support and donations

 

The Tymkew Sisters attended Breakthrough Martial Arts and represented their school well in the 2013 AAU Nationals. The Journey Fund is proud to sponsor these young warrior spirits in their journey to be the best!

Thank you for your support through your donations!

 

Update…

Nathan Rodgers (right in red) and Evan Rodgers (left in blue)  competed at the 2011 AAU and USAT Nationals and won medals at both events.

Congratulations!!

 

 

Thanks to your donations 

Update:

Zaidan Quintero (Left in red, right in blue)

Has been able to continue to compete on a local and national level in  2012, 2013 and 2014 due to sponsorship from the Journey Fund. 

Congratulations!!

 

 

 

The Journey Fund sponsored STAT,

Master Jenni Matsuoka’s fighting team  from Savannah Taekwondo 2012

 

 

Leilani Key:

Earned her black belt in 2011. She is a 2 time AAU National Champion and a USAT National Champion. Her nickname is “It”, because many people have said whatever “it” is….she has “it” when it comes to fighting.

 

 

 

 

2012 Update … Leilani  won a Gold Medal at the AAU Nationals and qualified for team trials.  She continues to demonstrate her warrior spirit. Your donations are helping her to realize her dreams...

 

 

Both Leilani and Elijah Key are proud members of the Savannah  Taekwondo Academy Team STAT

 

 

Elijah Key:

Is currently a blue belt. He is a 2 time AAU Taekwondo Silver Medalist and 2 time Georgia State Champion. His nickname is “Warrior” because he is usually the smallest and youngest competitor in his division and he  always displays the true spirit of a warrior.

 

 

2012 Update (in red)… Elijah won a Gold Medal at the AAU Nationals. He continues to live up to his nickname.

 

 

 

 

Master Bill Lenix and Master Betty Amodeo at the 2011 Fundraiser. The Journey Fund has sponsored students from Universal Martial Arts in 2010, 2011 And 2012.

 

 

Thanks to your support, David Herculano was able to attend the AAU Nationals and  concentrate on  his training.  He continues to aspire to compete at an elite level. 

 

“Thank you  to the  Journey Fund for all your help and support.”

 

Update:

David Herculano (pictured left in blue)

Won a Gold Medal at the

2012 AAU Nationals in Fort Lauderdale, FL 

 

David (pictured on right in red) competed in the

 2013 AAU Nationals in FL

Thanks to your contributions!!

 

 

 

"To  the Journey Fund,

 

I just want to say thank you for everything that you have made possible for me. I am so thankful for the financial assistance that this amazing organization has been able to assist me with. Without the Journey Fund, my taekwondo career would definitely not be the same as it is now. I would like to wish you a very happy new year and I can't wait to see what the future has in store for me and the Journey Fund. Thank you for everything yet again."

 

Sincerely,

Joshua Vuong

December 2014

Your donations sponsored Joshua Vuong in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 , 2015 and 2016...pictured below in red...

 

Javier Rivera II  (in red) won a Gold Medal at the 2013 AAU Nationals in

Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Congratulations!!

Your support helped sponsor Javier...thank you so much!

 

Thanks to your support,

Christopher Segrest (pictured above on right)

was able to purchase sparring gear and compete in a tournament. He won

Second Place!

Thanks to your sponsorship,

Jazmyne Gleaton

(pictured on left in blue)

competed in the 2015 AAU Nationals and won a Silver Medal.

 

Jayla Gleaton

(pictured on right in blue)

competed in the 2015 AAU Nationals and won a Silver Medal.

 

Congratulations!!!

Dear Master Amodeo and The Journey Fund,

Jayla and I (Jazmyne) would like to thank you for your generosity and financial support for us to compete at the AAU national taekwondo competition. Your donation helped lift a heavy burden off of our parents. In addition, the donation made it possible for my parents to purchase the needed things for my sister and I to train successfully. Our silver medals are dedicated to you. Thank you for all of your support!

With great Appreciation,

Jazmyne and Jayla Gleaton  July 2015

Thanks to the Journey fund's support,

Emily  Tolbert 

(pictured in blue) competed in the

2015 AAU Nationals.

 

"Thank you for this opportunity to help me accomplish my dreams."

Emily

 

Thanks to your continued support,

Zaidan Quintero 

(pictured above in blue) competed in the

2015 AAU Nationals.

 

 

 

Thanks to your continued support,

Lauren Edwards 

(pictured left in red) competed in the

2015 AAU Nationals and the 2015 USAT Nationals and won a Bronze Medal at both events. She continues her journey to the Olympics while attending an Olympic training camp and having the opportunity to train with  Jackie Galloway

(pictured on right).

 

Great Job !!

 

 

 

Thanks to your sponsorship,

Jazmyne Gleaton

(pictured on left in blue)

competed in the 2016 AAU Nationals and won a Gold Medal.

 

Jayla Gleaton

(pictured on right in red)

competed in the 2016 AAU Nationals and won a Gold Medal.

 

Congratulations!!!

Jazmyne and Jayla returned to the AAU Nationals in 2016 and both fought hard to win 1st Place this year after both won 2nd Place last year. Your support helped these young competitors realize a dream to be the best!

Thank you !!

Thanks to the Journey fund's support,

Emily  Tolbert 

(pictured in blue) competed in the

2016 AAU Nationals.

 Emily trained hard to return to the Nationals this year and

fought a great match.

 

Congratulations Emily!

 

 

Thanks to the your sponsorship,

Matthew Jean Baptiste

(pictured below in blue) competed in the

2016 AAU Qualifier.

Congratulations Matthew!

 

 

Thanks to the Journey fund's support,

Jessica Jean-Baptiste

(pictured above in red) competed in the

2016 AAU Qualifier.

Congratulations  Jessica!

 

 

 

 

 

"To  the Journey Fund,

I just  got back from the US open. I won my first match against Nigeria 14-11, won my 2nd against USA 16-8, and lost my 3rd to the 2016 Olympic silver medalist from Thailand.

Thank you for the support! It really did help!"

(pictured in red)

 

Sincerely,

Joshua Vuong 

January 2017

Thanks to the Journey fund's support,

Emily  Tolbert 

(pictured in red) won 1st Place at the

2017 Winter Battle.

Congratulations Emily!

 

 

Thanks to the Journey fund's support,

Louis Grandison

Now has  bus passes to help him get to Martial Arts classes. He was walking 6.7 miles each way to take class two or three times a week.

A true Warrior spirit!

 

 

Thanks to your sponsorship,

Jazmyne Gleaton

(pictured on left in red)

competed in the 2017 AAU Nationals

 

Jayla Gleaton

(pictured on right )

competed in the 2017 AAU Nationals and won a Gold Medal.

 

Congratulations!!!

Jazmyne and Jayla returned to the AAU Nationals in 2017. Jayla won 1st place for the second time and  Jazmyne fought great for her first time fighting in the Black Belt division. Your support helped these young competitors realize a dream .

Thank you !!

Thanks to your sponsorship,

Jessica Jean-Baptiste

(pictured on left )

competed in the 2017 AAU Nationals and won a Bronze Medal

 

Matthew Jean-Baptiste

(pictured on right )

competed in the 2017 AAU Nationals and won a Bronze Medal.

 

Congratulations!!!

Thanks to the Journey fund's support,

Emily  Tolbert 

(pictured in blue)  competed in the 2017 AAU Nationals  

Congratulations Emily!

 

 

Thanks to the your sponsorship,

Matthew Jean Baptiste

(pictured in red) competed in the

2018 AAU Qualifier.

Congratulations Matthew!

 

 

Thanks to the Journey fund's support,

Jessica Jean-Baptiste

(pictured in blue) competed in the

2018 AAU Qualifier.

Congratulations  Jessica!

 

 

 

 

Thanks to your sponsorship,

Jazmyne Gleaton

(pictured on left in blue)

competed in the 2018 AAU Qualifier and won a Bronze Medal.

 

Jayla Gleaton

(pictured on right in blue)

competed in the 2018 AAU Qualifier and won a Gold Medal.

 

Congratulations!!!

Thanks to your sponsorship,

Alejandro Fryer Galindo

(pictured  in blue)

will compete in the 2018 AAU Nationals

"Dear Journey Fund,

It is with a full heart that I am receipt of your letter notifying me that I have been awarded with an endowment from the Journey Fund. I receive this great honor assuring you that I will give my best effort to excel in the upcoming National Championship in Fort Lauderdale,  FL.

Sincerely, Alejandro"

Thanks to your sponsorship,

15 Students from Georgia Elite

Taekwondo

competed in the

2018 AAU Nationals

"Dear Journey Fund,

Your financial support will contribute to our students ability to cover travel, lodging and entry fees. This life experience will reshape our students viewpoint of the world by widening their viewing port. 

Thank you,

Georgia Elite Taekwondo"

Thanks to your sponsorship,

Joshua Vuong

competed in the

2018 USAT Nationals

He won a bronze medal and plans to continue his training and competition journey.

Congratulations!!!

Thanks to your donations,

We were able to support the

Mitt Lenix Hero Fund

 To learn more about this amazing

Martial Artist and the Hero Fund go to....

www.uma-musado.com

Thanks to your Sponsorship

We were able to support 

Georgia Elite Taekwondo

Check out the above video to  share in the excitement experienced by the group of young fighters that enjoyed a dream come true. This group of competitors attended the 2019 AAU Nationals in Florida.

Due to your support and donations

Karolyn Browden

was able to compete and medal at the

2019 AAU and USAT Nationals.

Congratulations !

 

Thanks to your sponsorship,

Alejandro Fryer Galindo 

 competed in the 2019 AAU Nationals.

Alejandro is a student on the fighting team of JTC. Great job!

Thanks to your donations,

Jayla Gleaton

(pictured on left in blue)

competed in the 2019 AAU Nationals 

and

Matthew Jean Baptiste

(pictured on right in blue)

competed in the 2019 AAU Nationals 

 

Congratulations!!!

Team Gateway

Due to your support and donations

Nathan Rodgers

was able to compete and medal at the

2019 AAU and USAT Nationals.

Congratulations !

 

Thanks to your sponsorship,

Joshua Vuong

competed in the

2019 USAT Nationals

Congratulations!!!

Thanks to your donations,

Steven and Migdalys Ramos

Students from Georgia Elite Taekwondo competed in the

2019 International TKD Orlando Open

Congratulations!!!

The Journey Fund