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Good Guys Smoke Cigars

Chuck Norris uses martial arts and profits from his Lone Wolf cigars to help steer kids straight.
Alysse Minkoff
From the Print Edition:
Chuck Norris, Jul/Aug 98

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It isn't just about kicking and punching, Norris adds. Kick Drugs teaches life skills. "We teach children that the key in life is setting goals and that understanding that any goal worth accomplishing, there are always going to be obstacles in the way," he says. "But if they have intense desire, drive and persistence, there's nothing they can't accomplish. We emphasize that every day, and it really works." Since its inception in 1990, the program, which now encompasses 20 schools in Houston, Dallas and Chicago, has turned out 13 black belts, five of them girls. More than 3,000 children have graduated from the program. "My goal is to have this program in every school in America," he says. "We're working with about 3,000 kids right now, and I want 30,000, 300,000 and three million."

Norris's sense of purpose is clear. "Hopefully, with Kick Drugs Out of America, we will change society. I want to make my mark with that work. If I could do something to help turn a negative tide in this country, that would be a great legacy." *

A frequent contributor to Cigar Aficionado, Alysse Minkoff is a freelance writer in Beverly Hills, California.

For further information about Kick Drugs Out of America, contact the organization at 427 West 20th Street, Suite 620, Houston, Texas 77008; phone 713/868-6003.

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