A World Record Setting Event for enCourage Kids
24 Hours | 12,000 Boards | Unlimited Courage
On Thursday, May 11, 2017 martial arts master Leif Becker Broke Barriers in support of the enCourage Kids Foundation by setting a new world record for the most boards broken in a 24-hour period.
Hosted at Ripley’s Believe it or Not!, Leif broke 12,120 boards in front of the nearly 360,000 visitors who pass through Times Square daily.
The event highlighted enCourage Kids message of courage, strength, and determination while showcasing the bravery of kids and families fighting illness. Each board broken represented the physical or medical challenges that sick kids live with every day.
“It was a spectacular event,” says Executive Director Michele Hall-Duncan. “The reason why I loved it so much was because our kids face amazing challenges. And not only did Leif demonstrate through breaking the boards how you break through challenges, but it was exciting because there was a parallel for him. He had a challenge of his own that he wanted to break.”
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Breaking 487 boards in one minute with one hand, Leif Becker understands the importance of developing oneself to their fullest potential.
In 2003, Leif began his journey for a World Record title. Over the next four years, Leif continued to develop himself as a professional athlete to develop the skills and mindsets to create success on some of the largest platforms in the country. A journey that began in his home state of Connecticut soon directed him to New York City appearing on the David Letterman show, and later to Hollywood California on his quest to be a World Champion. On July 30, 2005, Leif Becker successfully reached World Record Status by breaking 487 boards in one minute with one hand at Universal Studios in Hollywood California.
Breaking Barriers Kickoff at Kravis Children’s Hospital at Mt. SinaiOn February 13th, Kravis Children’s Hospital at Mt. Sinai partnered with enCourage Kids Foundation and Leif Becker to kick off our Breaking Barriers campaign. Kids from the pediatric unit decorated wood boards representing their medical challenges for Leif to Break.
Leif was then featured breaking the boards on KidZone TV, a state-of-the-art, interactive production and internal broadcast studio within the children’s hospital.
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