Chuck Norris honors island Kickstart program
Courtesy Jordan Godwin and The Daily News
GALVESTON - Chuck Norris rarely leaned back in his seat or slouched Thursday night as he watched the progress of the Central Middle School Kickstart Karate program in Galveston.
The 72-year-old master of martial arts, acting and personal fitness attended the belt ceremony, and Galveston was beside itself over his presence.
Mayor Joe Jaworski said he skipped a Galveston City Council meeting to present Norris with a plaque commemorating his visit.
"We told him we wanted to name it 'Chuck Norris Day' in Galveston, but he wanted to keep the focus on the youth," Jaworski said.
Instead, Galveston deemed May 10 "Kickstart Kids Day."
"I know a lot of you came to see Chuck Norris today, but you've got to remember that today, Chuck Norris came to see you," Central Middle School Kickstart Kids Instructor Gustavo Perez said.
Galveston Independent School District Superintendent Larry Nichols also attended the ceremony at the Central Middle School gymnasium, which was packed by hundreds of supporters of the karate program and its founder, Norris.
Norris presented more than 100 belts to Galveston karate students who received their new ranks. Marcus Johnson received a black belt, Wendy Carreon, Victoria Valastro and Ryan Cazar were presented red belts, Jose Oglguin was promoted to green belt, and dozens of other students made the jump to the blue, orange, purple and gold belts.