The iGroup Partners with Oakland County Sheriff’s Office and Miss Michigan USA Organization to Launch Second Women’s Self-Defense Awareness Month with Free Public Preview at Athletic Republic

, Posted on Oct 07

SOUTHFIELD, Mich., October 7, 2010 – Southfield, Mich.-based The iGroup, the region’s leading exclusive model & talent agency, partnered with the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office and the Miss Michigan USA Organization to launch the second Women’s Self-Defense Awareness Month with a free public preview event today, October 7, 2010 at 1:00 p.m. at Athletic Republic located at 937 N. Opdyke Road in Auburn Hills, Mich.

The event featured the month’s Spokeswoman Mikayla Bouchard, along with 2011 Miss Michigan USA Channing Pierce and Miss Michigan Teen USA Taylor Sherman. Deputy Jen Miles and John Parks, founder and chief instructor of the Martial Science Center, were also on hand to demonstrate the key self-defense techniques that women will learn in the classes.

“I am proud to be a part of a program that dedicates amazing resources to helping women,” added Mikayla Bouchard, spokeswoman for Women’s Self-Defense Awareness Month. “We are honored to again have both Miss Michigan USA and Miss Michigan Teen USA participate in this program and support instilling even more confidence in women.”

The free classes will be held at Athletic Republic from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. every Saturday throughout the month of October and will feature a complimentary lunch provided by The Honey Baked Ham Company.

“Unfortunately, every day in Oakland County, countless women are victims of assault or domestic abuse,” said Sheriff Michael Bouchard. “Learning to safeguard yourself against any type of assault is a smart idea.  We are pleased to again be able to provide women with some of the tools they need to protect themselves and support Women’s Self-Defense Awareness Month.”

Women ages 18 and older are eligible to participate, along with those 14 and up who have parental supervision. To register for the program, interested individuals should choose either October 9th, 17th, 23rd or 30th for their desired class date and contact the Oakland County Sheriff’s Department at (248) 975-9700 to reserve their spot.

For more information about Women’s Self-Defense Awareness Month and the classes offered, please visit

Click here to view and download a photo of the individuals involved in Women’s Self-Defense Awareness Month.
Self-Defense Awareness Month Group

Click here to view and download a photo of Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard and his daughter, Mikayla.
Mikayla & Michael Bouchard

Click here to download an action photo of Miss Michigan USA 2011 Channing Pierce.
Channing & Jen

Click here to download an action photo of Miss Michigan Teen USA 2011 Taylor Sherman.
Taylor & John Parks

About the iGroup

Southfield, Michigan-based The iGroup is Michigan’s premier model and talent agency and the leading agency in the state that represents exclusive union talent for SAG and AFTRA. SAG membership enables the agency’s talent to work on major Hollywood films that require union membership of all principle talent. The I Group has secured roles for its exclusive actors in the following major studio films shot in Michigan: Stone, The Irishman, Flipped, Gran Torino, Whip It, Up In The Air, Demoted, Youth in Revolt, High School and Miss January, among others. The iGroup’s expansive resume consists of more than a decade of experience representing the highest caliber talent in the region. From actors to broadcast veterans, product specialists to fashion models, The iGroup is the go-to agency that advertisers and casting directors turn to for their film, television, and commercial productions; voice over projects; auto and trade show events; print advertising campaigns and fashion shows. The iGroup also exclusively MISS MICHIGAN USA® & MISS MICHIGAN TEEN USA® independently produced by Proctor Productions, LLC. under license with Miss Universe L.P.,LLLP. For more information on The iGroup, please visit

Meghan Edwards