Bob King Legacy Fund

Does your school have a program for  massage therapy students to provide service to those in need in the community—or would you be interested in starting one? Grant funds are now available to help students and educators with community-based work. Grant applications reviewed on rolling quarterly schedule.

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Next Submission Deadline September 1, 2024 at 11:59PM CST

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Robert K. “Bob” King (1948-2013) was a groundbreaking pillar of the massage therapy community whose influence greatly impacted the profession and was instrumental to the development of the Massage Therapy Foundation. Among his many accomplishments, King was the President of the American Massage Therapy Association from 1986 to 1990 and co-founded the Chicago School of Massage. In 2009, he and his wife, Kathie King, were awarded the first MTF/Performance Health Humanitarian Award for their outstanding efforts in improving the welfare of their clients and demonstrating selfless devotion to others.

As we approach the 10-year anniversary of his passing, the Massage Therapy Foundation seeks to honor King’s memory through an initiative that speaks to two aspects of the profession that Bob was most passionate about; the education of new therapists and rendering compassionate service to those in need. In this spirit, we aim to raise $10k to fund MTF Community Service Grants earmarked for schools so that they may involve students in using their skills to help those in need who would otherwise not be able to access the benefits of massage therapy.


In Bob King’s 2009 speech accepting the first annual MTF/Performance Health Humanitarian Award, hear Bob describe in his own words the importance of service for the profession, and how the creation of community service programs helped lead to the inception of the Massage Therapy Foundation: