THE GIFT OF MARTIAL ARTS™
Every year Santa's Knights has hundreds of underprivileged children write letters to Santa. Most of the children are from Harlem, NYC, in one of the many (low-income) housing communities that we serve.
We are open to children from other communities as well! If you have a child in need, please reach out to us by clicking on the "Write a letter" link below and we will try our best to provide a gift!
If you would like to adopt a letter this year, please click on the below "Adopt a letter" link and find a letter that you would like to adopt and let us know! All help is welcome!
Not only do we provide gifts for those that write letters, our purpose is to then introduce the child to our free martial arts and fitness program that they can then be part of for life! It is the gift that has continual impact on the children's lives throughout the rest of the year!
LETTERS TO SANTA!
Fitness + empowerment = your best self
Santa's Knights' mission is to also bring 100% free martial arts, fitness, and activities to everyone, across NYC, and eventually across the U.S., and hopefully the world. Please help us in our mission, as we'll need all the help we can get every step of the way! One of the surest ways to a happy life is to have a healthy and fit one. There is no reason why we can't uplift everyone to reach their best potential and healthiest self with our free programs, that don't lose any quality just because they're free!
We aim for the classes to be just as good as the high-cost classes you could find elsewhere! But we need volunteers, instructors, students, and resources in every form possible to make this happen! Please get involved in the best way that you are able! We can surely use your help!
Santa's Knight's was featured in a documentary that released on 12/4/2020 in movie theatres!
Founded in 2015 by Damion DiGrazia, Santa's Knights is a service-disabled military veteran founded non-profit, 501(c)(3), that is tax-exempt federally and in the State of New York. Damion was inspired to create Santa's Knights by his own experience as an impoverished child that received a very thoughtful gift from Operation Santa Claus (through the U.S. Post Office) and also how when he received a career-altering injury in the line-of -duty in the military, from which he eventually recovered years later through the pursuit of martial arts, endurance training, and High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT).
After a career on Wall Street, and a bachelor's and master's at Ivy League universities, and also teaching martial arts for 5+ years on the side, Damion realized his passion was to create a free platform/program for people to be able to pursue their best-selves through martial arts and fitness. Combining all of these factors was how Santa's Knights was born and continues to thrive and grow every day! We welcome you in any way that you would like to be involved!