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Ethics, Integrity & Community Service!

J.K. Lee City Youth Martial Arts Program (CYMAP) is happy to announce the honorees at our 2020 Gala! Every year we honor a company and an individual who provide an outstanding representation of leadership and character.

This year’s Gala is a free virtual event! Join us on Friday, October 9 at 7:00 p.m. Learn more about how our program serves the community! Register here:


CYMAP Co-Founder, Master Jeff Gendelman and his sister, Founders Board Member Ms. Lori Gendelman, established this award on behalf of the Gendelman family in memory of their father, Shel Gendelman, to honor his integrity and ethically consistent treatment of everyone he touched, whether in business or his personal life, with outstanding dignity, wisdom, warmth, and humor. 

CYMAP is proud to recognize the Milwaukee Bucks Foundation for 2020’s Shel Gendelman Award for Ethics and Integrity in Business! The Milwaukee Bucks Foundation is dedicated to improving outcomes for underserved populations in Wisconsin by providing financial grants, developing innovative partnerships and supporting impactful ideas in Racial and social justice, youth education, mentorship and community health and wellness. They are committed to supporting and implementing safe and healthy activity options for youth, as well as revitalizing and enriching our neighborhoods. By providing recreational and

educational enrichment activities, the Bucks have become a recognized leader in the state of Wisconsin for healthy choices. They work with players, staff and corporate partners to offer a variety of enrichment programs and opportunities to ensure the community in which we all work is a better environment for all of us to live in.

The award is being accepted by Arvind Gopalratnam, the Vice President of Corporate and Social Responsibility for the Milwaukee Bucks and the Executive Director of the Bucks Foundation. Mr. Gopalratnam, a UW - Madison graduate, grew up in Milwaukee and understands the challenges faced by many youth in the city. He received his Masters in Strategic Public Relations from The George Washington University. He is committed to positive change in Milwaukee and across the state of Wisconsin.


Through this award, J.K. Lee City Youth Martial Arts and J.K. Lee Black Belt Academy honors Grandmaster J.K. Lee’s commitment to community and the cultivation of respect in our everyday treatment of others.

CYMAP is presenting Theresa Yurk with the 2020 Legacy Award! She’s been an educator for 20 years. Starting with a passion for working with at risk students, she entered into the education field with one mission in mind- to support the academic, social, and emotional learning for urban students. As a graduate of UW-Whitewater, Theresa spent her winter and spring breaks volunteering in Washington D.C. with students who were deemed at-risk, tutoring men and women who were homeless in basic technology skills and supporting a meals on wheels program for people affected by AIDS. This deep seeded passion for community service led her to Seeds of Health, Inc. where the mission is to work in partnership with families and community to prepare students with foundational knowledge, skills, and character that will support success in secondary and post secondary education and adult life.

Theresa received her Masters in Administrative Leadership from UW Milwaukee in 2010 and became a Director of Curriculum and Instruction for Seeds of Health, Inc. In 2015, she became the principal of Windlake Academy- now known as Seeds of Health Elementary. Her passion for supporting middle schoolers is evident in every aspect of her life and she continues to support the homeless population in Milwaukee through volunteering. In her spare time, Theresa enjoys spending time with family and friends; often at a sporting event - the Packers, Brewers, and Michigan Wolverines are her favorite teams - often traveling throughout the United States to see these teams play!

CYMAP is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Our annual gala supports our mission to provide Milwaukee youth and families an opportunity to learn and experience the benefits of martial arts within a supportive environment that fosters mutual respect, confidence, discipline, and good sportsmanship, while promoting mental health, physical fitness, focus, and well-being.

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