The Children’s Cancer Foundation, Inc. (CCF) was honored to be named the beneficiary of the 2nd Annual Maryland Governor’s Cup Taekwondo Championship on Saturday, March 31. Thanks to Honorary Chairs Governor Larry Hogan and First Lady Yumi Hogan, CCF was again the recipient of the event’s proceeds. Attending the event, in addition to CCF staff, were board members Steve Coomes and John Carver.
The event was organized by the Maryland State Taekwondo Association (MSTA) and represents members from all over the state. The event was emceed by Senior Master Yong Seong “CJ” Chang. Leading the day’s championship is MSTA’s current President, Senior Master Chien Vuong.
CCF is incredibly grateful for the Governor and First Lady’s continued support and commitment to ending childhood cancer. In 2016, Governor Hogan designated April 5 as Taekwondo Day in Maryland. (April 5 is celebrated as Arbor Day in South Korea, where Yumi Hogan was born and the martial art originated.) CCF will join the Governor and Master Vuong in Annapolis on April 5 in recognition of Taekwondo Day.
In addition to the Taekwondo competition with athletes from the Mid-Atlantic region, the day featured a ceremony and performances from Taekwondo demonstration teams and dance groups from around the world.
On April 5, the Governor and First Lady hosted a reception in Annapolis to recognize the 3rd Annual Maryland Taekwondo Day and the winners of the 2nd Governor’s Cup Taekwondo Championship held on March 31st .
Thank you to Master Chien Vuong, President, Maryland State Taekwondo Association, Master CJ Chang of the U.S Taekwondo Academy in Harford County, and all the participants for helping raise over $2,000 for CCF.