Kicking For A Cause March 24 In Kaneohe

P.A.R.E.N.T.S (Providing Awareness Referrals Education Therapy Support) is taking a stand or in this case a kick for children of abuse and neglect.

The 2012 Kickball Tournament starts at 8:30 a.m. March 24 at Kaneohe District Park to raise money and awareness for their cause. It’s open to teams of eight players, who can be adults, teens and children 8 and older. Prizes go to teams with the most original costumes and uniforms.

“We were looking for something that could engage the whole family, a strengthening activity everyone can enjoy, whether you play or just come out to support,” said the nonprofit’s executive director, Lisa Groulx. Fee per team is $250, which breaks down to $31.25 per person.

Corporate sponsors also are welcome at levels ranging from $700 to $5,000. For more information, visit or call 235-0255.

“When I came aboard we didn’t have any social media tools,” noted Groulx. “Today we have a website with success testimonials, a facebook page, twitter account and are coming out with a YouTube video on the importance of child abuse awareness.”

She also believes that people can sometimes shy away from the issues, but they need to know that it’s prevalent in our communities every day. “It is life threatening and very serious, and we all need to be educated and aware of what is happening around us and how we can all be advocates for the children.”

Contracted by the state Department of Human Services more than 36 years ago, P.A.R.E.N.T continues to raise awareness about the issues and reminds families that April is Child Abuse Prevention Month.