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BIRMINGHAM (January 19, 2011) - Get out your black belt and prepare for some plank splitting as local junior and adult martial artists break boards at the inaugural Give-‘Em-A-Break Break-a-Thon fundraiser benefiting Children's Hospital on Saturday, Jan. 22 at 10:30 a.m. The event will be held at the Riverchase Galleria (lower level in the Old McRae's).

Each participant is seeking pledges for each board broken during the Break-A-Thon. A minimum pledge of $1 per board for participants younger than 15 and $2 per board for participants 16 years old or older is suggested. All pledges will go directly to the hospital. There is no entrance fee and spectators are welcome.

To make a pledge, or for more information about the Break-a-Thon, please call (205) 201-1784 and then come support the students as they share their strength to give strength back to patients at Children's Hospital.

About USA Martial Arts:
USA Martial Arts is proud of their school heritage and connection to the origin of the martial arts. These training centers are affiliated with a martial arts family network linking Korea, Japan, the United States and Canada, and students and instructors are certified on both national and international levels.
The southeast regional headquarters facility is located on the crest of Birmingham, Alabama's Shades Mountain, in historic Bluff Park. This unique campus setting makes a perfect environment for learning the ancient oriental arts. Although ancient arts are taught, the training facility is modernized. The state of the art, fully matted floor makes learning safe for all ages. Students and visitors appreciate the relaxed atmosphere and the comfortable learning environment.

About Children's Hospital:
The Children's Hospital of Alabama is the only hospital in the state dedicated solely to the care and treatment of children and one of the 10 busiest pediatric medical centers in the U.S. One of only about 45 freestanding acute care hospitals of its kind in the nation, Children's Hospital is home to Alabama's only Level I pediatric trauma center. Children's campus includes the largest pediatric burn center in the Southeast, one of the largest pediatric outpatient centers in the country and a leading pediatric hematology/oncology center and bone marrow transplant program. Although Children's is the primary site for all pediatric educational programs and patient care activities within the UAB Medical Center, Children's Hospital is a private, not-for-profit hospital governed by a volunteer board of trustees. Children's will celebrate its centennial anniversary this year.

For more information about Children's Hospital, visit


 • Contact: Rachel Olis 205/32-7571 (