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Karate class for disabled children teaches discipline, perseverance at Shriners

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Physical therapist Chelsie Reed with student Ellie, during a karate class at Shriners Hospital (FOX Carolina) Physical therapist Chelsie Reed with student Ellie, during a karate class at Shriners Hospital (FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Children with disabilities at Shriners Hospital for Children in Greenville are getting a new kick out of life with a new karate program offered by Hurricane Martial Arts Center instructor Kevin Ballenger. 

Ballenger volunteers every Friday at Shriners to teach a group of children the principles of discipline, honor, respect and self-control through karate. 

He said the children benefit from the physical activity as well, adding karate helps their motor skills and gives them a chance to do something fun.

"You come over here and you see these kids and what they're going through, and you see them overcoming their obstacles, and you really get a sense that you don't have any problems," Ballenger said. 

Physical therapists come to the class to assist the children. 

The program is for Shriners patients ages five to nine years old. 

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