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2024 Level Ground MMA

Join us on September 21, 2024

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Level Ground MMA's Ride for Kids

Are you ready to make a difference in a child's life? You do not have to get on a bike to make a difference. Walk, run, ride, bake, lift, paint...whatever you enjoy, you can turn it into much-needed funds for youth programs. 

Level Ground MMA was founded in 2013 with the mission to empower youth through transformative athletic, academic, and workforce development opportunities. We leverage MMA as a "hook" to connect youth to college access & workforce development programs. These "off-the-mat" components position youth to overcome the challenges of their environment and accomplish their goals for the future. Level Ground is the first and only nonprofit organization in the United States to use the popular sport of Mixed Martial Arts as a tool for positive youth development

Key programs (check us out on instagram): 

  • Athletic training: Instructors teach Martial Arts to create a positive relationship with youth in an engaging fashion, and to espouse values such as discipline and perseverance.
  • College access: Ensures that 100% of our youth who want to go to college successfully transition by offering weekly academic tutoring and individualized guidance on the college application process.
  • Workforce development: Our Student Trainer program incorporates an integrative model of professional development, educational advancement, and healthy living training

Our impact in 2023 

  • 600 + Youth and Adults served through our athletic classes
  • 116% increase in visits to our training center from the previous year
  • 3.6 hours extra weekly physical activity accomplished by regularly-attending youth
  • 36 student trainers received college access, workforce development training, and mentorship
  • 570 hours of job training provided, including academic support, healthy living training, and mentorship
  • 100% of college bound student trainers transitioned to a 2 or 4-year post-secondary program


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Since its inception in 1991, the Rodman Ride for Kids has raised over $150 million for a diverse group of youth-focused organizations - our Charity Partners. It serves as a convening & fundraising platform for our Charity Partners, providing them with an expense-free event where they keep 100% of the funds they raise.