Logan Carlton is an 11 year-old Tae Kwon Do student who has the opportunity to compete at the World Martial Arts Games this summer in Geneva. Logan is currently looking for donations and sponsors to help him with travel expenses, uniforms and registration fees.

Eleven year-old Logan Carlton has the opportunity to participate in an event that most people in the martial arts world only dream of: He is going to represent the United States on the U.S. Martial Arts Team for 2012 when the team goes to compete at the World Martial Arts Games this summer in Geneva, Switzerland.

“I could hardly believe that he was invited to try out for the team,” said Logan’s mom, Julie. “I had to hang up the phone and talk to my husband before the news even really sank in.”

It is no real surprise that Logan was asked to join the 2012 U.S. Martial Arts Team, because he exhibits outstanding dedication and determination for the sport. He works out six days a week and sticks to a strict team-approved diet to help him in training.

Logan has been involved with Tae Kwon Do for five years and is an honor roll student at Summerfield Crossings Elementary School. He regularly studies martial arts at Quality Martial Arts in Riverview. In the last three years he has earned gold medals at state and national tournaments and is currently training under a 13-time World Champion martial artist, Kyoshi Donna Judge.

“I wanted to do martial arts because I wanted to learn self-defense and discipline,” Logan said. “I am very excited to go to Switzerland. This is something that I never thought I’d be able to do in my whole life.”

Currently both the Carlton family and the U.S. Team are looking for ways to raise money for travel expenses, uniforms, registration fees and more. “We’re doing things like selling USA Martial Arts armbands and we have a Website that either individuals or businesses can donate money to either Logan directly or to the U.S. team,” said David, Logan’s dad.

For those interested in donating or sponsoring Logan or the U.S.Team, visit www.gofundme.com/f5iw0 or www.usmateam.org.

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