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  • On My Radar: Shareable Sports Content for Your Social Feed

    March Madness is undoubtedly one of my favorite times of the year. Regardless of how up-to-date I’ve stayed all season long concerning the top teams and players, I am always excited to watch endless basketball games, fill out a bracket, and fully embrace basketball. But, for and all of you who aren’t basketball geeks like me, this post diversifies. It was a challenge- I seriously could have written pages on March Madness news- so if you want more, check out my last post for the Ninja Zone with March Madness activities for kids and families. 1. NCAA student-athlete commercials I’m a sucker for these commercials. They first started airing several years ago- one of my favorites is “Dumb Jocks” from 2011 (you can watch it here on YouTube). I love hearing the stories behind who the student-athletes are behind-the-scenes, and these commercials always bring that reality. They have so much discipline, determination, and skill in multiple areas that often goes unnoticed. 2. Georgia public schools recess mandate Enough research is published now to support that recess for elementary school kids is a no-brainer. Georgia’s House of Representatives just approved a bill that mandates recess in its public elementary schools for kids in kindergarten through fifth grade. If passed by the state’s Senate, the law will require an average of 30 minutes each day for recess or physical activity. The National Association of Sports and Physical Education recommends that kids get 150 minutes per week of physical education or recess, as one of three kids in the US is overweight or obese. Only 21 states (Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia) have legislation in place to require activity breaks for students. 3. The Fitness Marshall I love to work out, but I especially love to do varied, fun, and enjoyable workouts. The Fitness Marshall (aka Caleb Marshall) started in October 2014 and is quite well-known for his hip-hop cardio workout videos. You can stream them for free from his YouTube channel, but he and his “back up booties” are also touring the United States. Boston, Syosset, NY, and St Louis are up next on the list. Plus, he’s from my hometown! 4. Real life Hunger Games? Ever since former Colts player Pat McAfee retired and informed us of his new job with Barstool Sports, I’ve been following the brand and enjoying their content. Last week, they shared this article about the Game2:Winter coming up in Siberia. 30 participants will take place in the “contest,” and they have signed death waivers and liability releases. It sounds pretty crazy and intense and has sparked some major political controversy, naturally. 5. Coach Junior My alma matter recently competed in the NAIA National Championship (March Madness, Christian school edition), but my favorite part about the team and their journey is always the behind-the-scenes entertainment they provide to fans while they contend for a national title. Indiana Wesleyan’s coach Greg Tonagel’s two sons are the stars of the “Coach Jr” YouTube series in which they critique the mistakes and silly moves of their dad’s players. Their takes and youthful perspectives are hilarious and bring lighthearted moments to intense games and pressure-filled seasons. I could watch these guys for hours!

  • 5 Fun Family Activities for March Madness

    We are in the midst of one of my most favorite times of the year: March Madness.  The premier men’s basketball teams from the NCAA are vying for the single spot from which they can be deemed college basketball’s “best.”  After the 64 teams are picked for the tournament on Selection Sunday, you will be able to find, download, and print the tournament brackets from the internet.  Challenge your family to a bracket competition; when I was growing up, the winner got to choose the after-church lunch spot one week.  Even if you know nothing about the game or the teams, the energy and hype that come along with the tournament are not to be left unexperienced.  Here are some fun ways your family can celebrate, even if basketball isn’t your thing. Host a book tournament Study for Common Things blog, written by a former librarian, has a cool idea to incorporate literature into the madness.  In her post here, she talks about a book tournament that she implemented when she worked at a public library.  Each week, kids voted for their favorite between two books (bracket-style), and the winners advanced through the showdown.  Kids were enticed to read the books they had not read yet. You could try this in your home with picture books to keep things short and easy. Create a “bracket” with a reading wish-list (Common Things Blog used the top-16 most circulated children’s books of the year to create her bracket, or check out the Caldecott Award Winners for inspiration).  Then, read two books each night and determine the “winners” that will continue on in your tournament. Foster your map skills After the brackets and contenders are determined, print a United States map.  Challenge your kids to put a stamp or a mark in each state with a team represented in the NCAA Tournament.  They might need to do some research for teams that aren’t obvious location giveaways, but this is a great way for them to explore geography and college campuses, for starters.  It can also spur some fun conversations when you ask questions like, “Which state has the most teams participating?” or “From what part of the US does it seem like most teams come?”  Shelisa from the thinkmagnetkids blog did this and loved the 30 minutes of family time that came with it, and she said it prompted educational and fun conversation for several weeks! Have fun in the kitchen There are endless basketball, game day, and March Madness inspired food ideas out there, but these basketball rice krispy treats are so fun and easy!  You only need six easy-to-find ingredients- and you can substitute the melting chocolate for frosting to make it even more simple. Bring the competition into physical activity Beyond playing basketball and shooting hoops, use March Madness as an inspiration to stay active.  Your Therapy Source is a site for special education and pediatric occupational/physical therapy resources, but their physical activity brackets are fun for all ages.  The “Favorite Physical Activity Bracket” models the same idea of the book tournament described above, but asks kids to vote for their favorite sport/fitness-related activities.  You could use the free printable bracket by YTS here, or create your own using theirs as a model.  Set a goal to partake in each activity as a family before voting for your favorites so that you get up and get moving, too. Research the crazy mascots You’ve probably heard of people basing their bracket picks on the teams’ mascots and are aware of some of the crazy ones out there, but where do schools come up with those names?  There’s almost always a fun story behind the mascot.  As you watch games this month, see what interesting mascots come up, and uncover the history and details.  Some of these featured schools might not be in the March Madness Tournament, but this article explores some of the strangest mascots in America- good for laughs for all! What are some of your favorite March Madness traditions?

  • Ninjas Say the Darndest Things: A Look at the World Through the Eyes of Our Kids

    Do you ever have a really good idea, then as it unfolds, you realize that it’s going to be better than expected? That’s basically how this blog post played out. Here at NinjaZone Headquarters, we were feeling truly inspired, and one day we decided to ask our kids how they would change the world. What followed was pure, uncensored, and beautifully hilarious innocence from our kids. Enjoy. Sophia, age 7.5:  “I’d tell people to pick up all the dog poop.” Henry, age 5:  “I’d make a real video game for people to go in, and the whole world would be made of candy we could just eat. All houses are tree houses OR sandcastles with surf boards for doors.” Georgia, age -1:  *Spits bubbles* (At the time of publishing, we’re not sure what this means.) Charlotte, age 8:  “Animals wouldn’t be mean, and wouldn’t kill anyone. We could also eat all the food we wanted without getting a stomachache.” Anissa, age 6:   “I’d get on the radio and tell all the people to do nice things. I’d say, ‘Hi everyone! Time to do nice things. Do things to help someone. I’m talking to moms, dads, brothers, sisters, doctors, everyone in the whole world!’” Audrey, age 10:  “Make flying cars!” Phoebe, age 12:  “Umm…make some realllllly cool robots.” Matthew, age 5:  “Pick up trash and recycling, and make it look nicer!” JP, age 3:  “Play Star Wars video games every day.” Scarlet, age 6:  “All of the houses would have faces, and talk to me, and there would be a street named Scarlet. Oh, and I would live in a smoothie.” Emmitt, age 7:  “I already make it a better place, because I don’t bully people.” Oliver, age 2:  “I’d build a Ninja house, because I have all my swords!” #funny #parents #kids #ninja #ninjazone

  • Ninja Fuel: Healthy Snacks for Active Kids

    If your children are anything like mine, they live and die for snacks. Seriously. If I want them to eat something, I just need to have the word “snack” somewhere in the description. Refuse to touch your eggs? How about that delicious “morning snack”? Letting that spaghetti you requested grow cold on your plate? Why not try a yummy “dinner snack”? I kid you not, it works. I try and use this unconditional love of snacks to my advantage and turn their beloved snacks into nutritious mini-meals to fuel their developing brains and bodies. It is well known that proper nutrition plays a critical role in the development of a child’s brain. Some experts even say that proper nutrition in the first year of a child’s life can be the single greatest environmental factor of development.[1] As children grow and get more active, food is also essential to give them the energy and strength to play and participate in more rigorous physical activity. Not sure what to feed your budding ballerinas, athletes, and ninjas? Here are some tips for the best snacks for active kids. The trifecta of a perfect snack in my household: affordable, kid-edible, and nutritious. Affordable is not necessarily attached to a monetary value, but I try and buy in bulk when possible and to avoid individually packaged items, as the convenience factor usually results in a higher price tag. Look for seasonal fruits and vegetables, generic brands when available, and stock up when a staple item is on sale. Parents know that children’s tastes are unpredictable at best and downright confounding at worst. And yes, kids should learn to eat and appreciate fruits, vegetables, and nutritious food. But, it’s also important to get them to actually eat, so I try and break out my own ninja moves and sneak some healthy into fun foods. I have also found that anything bite-sized or stored in a ziploc bag is more appealing to my kids. Nutritious can be a rather vague term, but the body needs a few key components to prepare for and then recover from physical activity, and these elements should be the building blocks for healthy snacks: proteins, carbohydrates, and healthy fats. Protein “primes the pump” for your muscles, preparing them for physical exertion, but it also helps them repair and recover after activity, which is why it’s critical to include protein in pre and post activity snacks. Carbohydrates give your body the energy and fuel to participate in physical activity and are especially essential for children who are constantly using that energy. Healthy fats help with brain development and heart health and can add a lot of flavor. In order to maximize nutrition, snacks should be eaten one to three hours before physical activity and again within about twenty minutes afterwards.[2] So, here are some personally tested and kid-approved snacks that are ideal for active kids and meet the aforementioned criteria: “Ants on A Log” Ingredients: Celery stalks, Peanut Butter (substitute sun butter for allergies), and Raisins (can also use nuts, craisins, or chocolate if you are feeling decadent) Instructions: Simply spread peanut butter in the crevice of a celery stalk and top with raisins to give the appearance of ants on a log (adults are going to need to use their imaginations). Benefits: Peanut butter = kid-approved protein, Raisins = nice healthy dose of sugar, Celery = a vegetable covered in peanut butter is still a vegetable! “Banana Burrito/Sushi” Ingredients: Tortilla (whole wheat if you are feeling brave), Peanut Butter (same sub as above), Banana, Slivered nuts optional Instructions: Spread peanut butter on a tortilla, place a banana in the middle, and roll up like a burrito. Leave whole for a “banana burrito”, cut small pieces for “banana sushi”. Benefits: Once again, peanut butter is a champion protein in our house. If you are concerned about the sugar, try a natural peanut butter. The banana is a healthy carbohydrate, as is the tortilla. Whole wheat is a healthier option, but you might have to work up to that with some kids (mine). “Snack Kebabs” (Sweet & Savory versions) Ingredients: Sweet-banana chunks, apple slices, grapes, strawberries, blueberries, pineapple (go with canned for convenience), optional-marshmallows Savory-cubed cheese (cut your own to save money), cherry tomatoes, deli meat/pepperoni/turkey sausage bites, edamame and chickpeas (requires a little more dexterity in assembly) Instructions: Using either cocktail swords or kebab sticks, arrange items to your satisfaction. Use caution and consider using coffee stirrers with no pointy ends for the younger set. Include plain, low-fat yogurt to dip with the fruit and mustard to dip with the savory items. Benefits: Both options offer healthy proteins and healthy carbohydrates. They are easy to prepare and can be made ahead for the week. Use seasonal fruit to cut costs. And truthfully, food on a stick is just more fun. “Ninja/Fairy/Ballerina/Insert Child’s Current Favorite Person Here Snack Mix” Ingredients: Whatever you have in your pantry that is taking up too much room, about to go stale, or simply something you know your kids will eat. Examples-popcorn, pretzel sticks, raisins, veggie straws, graham cracker pieces, etc. Instructions: Throw into a Ziploc bag. Voila. Benefits: Easy to assemble, and the possibilities are endless. Be careful of adding too much “sugary stuff” and focus on whole grains and lighter options. Other go-to options for my little ninjas: cottage cheese with crushed pineapple, hummus and carrot sticks, yogurt with granola, and string cheese and cinnamon apple slices. The snack possibilities are endless, and like most things with children, this will be a process of trial and error to find which fuel is right for your little ninja! [1] [2] Nutrition information from

  • Advice To Moms From The Moms Who’ve Been There

    Motherhood is not easy, and sometimes a good mommy pick-me-up is needed.  So, here is some advice from four amazing moms who’ve paid their dues. Jeanna Mother of an 18-year-old, 20-year-old, 23-year-old, and a 25-year-old. “Make them eat what you serve, no making special dinners unless it’s a special occasion.  Love them unconditionally even when they mess up, but make them clean up the mess and be there for moral support.  Make them EARN things and don’t just give them things. Just because their friends are getting certain things, doesn’t mean they should get it too. Last, love them with all of your heart and soul and they’ll go out and love everyone with their heart and soul as well!” Tonya Mother of a 19-year-old, 23-year-old, 25-year-old and a 27-year-old. “Some of the best times of my life were when my children were young. Try to enjoy and appreciate all of it, even when you are tired and exhausted. It truly goes by so fast. One big thing that I learned from being a mother was to try to discipline without anger.  It only causes a never ending anger domino effect, and in the long run will make things worse.” Veronica Mother of an 18-year-old, 21-year-old, and a 24-year-old. “Advice? Don’t have kids! Kidding! Motherhood has been a blessing to my life. I would have to say, feed them healthy from a young age. If they don’t like a certain vegetable, slowly introduce it to them. Sooner or later they’ll learn to like it. Start as early as possible, or you may be stuck making mac and cheese every night for 18 years… Trust me!” Amy Mother of a 24-year-old girl. “Live in the moment and enjoy every second of it.  People seem to fear the unknown, so in retrospect, I allowed fear to take over being a new mom.  I was young and instead of relishing in every moment, I was petrified. Worries like: what if she got hurt, how could I protect her or what if I am a horrible mom? Looking back after 20+ years, I wish I translated that fear into joy.  Fear is okay in moderation, but it wasn’t any way to kick off the beautiful gift of life.  Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery and today is a gift. That’s why they call it the present.  Live in the moment, capture it all in your heart before it becomes history.  Allow yourself to relax and imprint those memories in your heart. It goes by faster than you’ll ever know until you experience it for yourself. ” Okay Ninja Moms, your turn. What is the best advice you’ve received or given to someone else? Comment below to share your mommy wisdom with others! #NinjaModeOn

  • 3 Easy Ways to Keep Your Family Heart-Healthy

    February is a month for giving Valentines, celebrating Black history, and staying warm amidst the cold winter.  But did you know it’s also American Heart Month?  Sponsored by the American Heart Association, American Heart Month occurs each February and brings a special focus to the AHA’s mission: “To build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular disease and stroke.” You might have heard of the “Wear Red for Women” day earlier in the month that was delegated to promoting awareness of heart disease in women.  The AHA is also posting daily heart health tips on a special widget on their website.  Another major public health organization, Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE) America, is teaming with the AHA’s heart-healthy theme for February.  The goal? To empower children to live healthy lifestyles too.  Your kids might be focusing on Jump Rope for Heart this month in PE classes. Looking for some ways to promote heart-health in your family? 1. Prioritize exercise People who don’t exercise are more likely to get heart disease.  These calendars from SHAPE American give daily physical activity calendars that you can use at home for the whole family.  This month’s exercises are heart-focused, as a bonus for Heart Month.  Choose the elementary activity calendar for younger bodies, but there’s a secondary activity calendar for older kids.  The “Ten at a Time” calendar is great for on-the-go families.  It’s designed for people who “don’t have time” to exercise.  Make heart health a priority for the rest of the month and aim to knock out the quick 10-rep exercises each day!  Even a 10-minute walk is a great way to start incorporating physical activity in your routine! 2. Take time to breathe Taking a few minutes a day to breathe slowly and deeply can help you relax and lower your blood pressure, a common risk factor for heart disease.  Breathing exercises or breaks are great and beneficial for all ages.  Breathing exercises have been proven to empower, calm, and self-regulate little ones, but the stress-relieving benefits will work for you too.  Bringing attention to your breath moves your body from the “fight or flight” system to the parasympathetic nervous system that allows for relaxation and receptivity.  Read: mindfulness, calmness, and a healthy body and mind. 3. Add heart-healthy foods Nuts, seafood, whole grains, beans, and other plant-based foods are great for your heart health.  Making small switches in your snack foods, salad toppings, or meat choices can reap great benefits for your heart.  While you’re at it, limiting sugary drinks, salty snacks, and other foods that are high in fat or high in cholesterol will limit your risk for heart disease.  These dietary adaptations can help promote a healthy weight and decrease the risk of other disease (i.e. diabetes, high blood pressure, irregular cholesterol levels), which in turn lowers your risk for heart disease.

  • Top Fitness Trends for 2017 and Easy Tips for Families

    Annually since 2006,  the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) has released a list of the top fitness trends for the upcoming year (ACSM, 2016). These trends What are the top 10 trends in fitness for 2017? Wearable technology- for instance, gadgets like Fitbit or Apple Watch Body weight training– exactly what it sounds like: using your body weight to perform strength-promoting exercises HIIT- or high intensity interval training, meaning short bursts of fast, energy blasting work (i.e., sprints, burpees) followed by a brief rest period Educated, certified, and experienced fitness professionals- be sure to choose a coach or trainer with a certification, preferably from a renowned institution like the ACSM Strength Training- adding strength training is essential to any physical wellness program Group training- classes are taught by instructors who lead and motivate you throughout the workout Exercise is medicine- a global health initiative focused on including physical fitness in treatment plans for medical illnesses Yoga- great for relaxation, Yoga will challenge your flexibility, strength, and mindfulness Personal Training- just like number 4, just be sure that your trainer is appropriately certified Exercise and weight loss- regular exercise is a must for lasting weight loss and even weight maintenance So, how can you and your family get involved in this year’s top trends? Get Outside Outdoor activities are some of the best ways to get the whole family involved in fitness… maybe without even realizing they’re exercising!  Go for a bike ride, visit a state park, set up an obstacle course in the backyard, sign up for a relaxed 5K, or even take your body weight or HIIT workout outside to switch things up.  As a bonus, studies show that being outdoors improves your mood and concentration, relieves stress, and can inspire you to exercise more (Wise, 2014). Turn Up the Competition Do you thrive on a little friendly competition?  Some of the top trends, such as,  worksite health promotion, smart phone apps or wearable technology, and outcome measurements can help you channel your competitive spirit in a healthy way.  Trying to lose weight?  Challenge your friends to a Diet Bet for accountability.  Wanting to increase your activity levels throughout the workday? Start a Fitbit Step Challenge at your workplace. Fitness apps and trackers like Fitbit, Strava, My Fitness Pal, and the Nike Run Club offer ready-to-use challenges for activities like walking, cycling, running, or nutrition.  The app Stridekick lets you compete with your friends regardless of the kinds of apps or trackers they use. With kids? Challenge them to move more with a checklist of exercises to finish each day (similar to a chore chart).  Award them for meeting a goal at the end of the week, or make it a whole-family competition by giving a grand prize to the member with the most move-time or exercises accomplished! Use What You Have High intensity interval training, bodyweight exercises, circuit training, and core training don’t have to involve hours at the gym or fancy equipment.  Websites like Popsugar and Fitness Blender offer free videos online and can be completed at home in your living room.  Even YouTube is full of fun dance routines, Yoga, and exercise videos for kids– perfect for dreary days when everyone is home and indoors! We’d love to hear from you:  Does your family get active in any of these trendy ways? Share it with us in the comments section, or hit us up on Facebook or Twitter!


    In case you missed it, 2017 is going to be a BIG YEAR for NinjaZone. We’re officially here to announce the 2017 Ninja Games and the Road to Indy! Here’s the skinny: ‘ We are holding regional Games in June and July, slowly working our way to National Ninja Games in August. Here’s how the schedule lines up: June 17, 2017: Regional Games #1 in Chicago, IL July 8, 2017: Regional Games #2 in Sacramento, CA July 22, 2017: Regional Games #3 in Cedar Rapids, IA August 5, 2017: National Ninja Games in Indianapolis, IN Ninja Games are an official event of Ninja Sports International, and they currently take place in member NinjaZone gyms internationally. The Regional and National Games will be held on a larger scale, in venues which will be announced at a later date. Ninja Games are a competition series for Ninja Sport. The competitive format of a Ninja Games includes chase and conflict scenes. Chase scenes consist of the athlete maneuvering through obstacles. Core strength, speed, and agility are tested. Conflict scenes are comprised of freestyle movement, compulsory combos, and the ability to skillfully elude an opponent (minus the opponent). Ninja Games are a crowd pleaser, combining the visual and auditory elements of a stage show, with the excitement and anticipation of live competition. Get more information about hosting or competing in a Ninja Games here:

  • Tackling Your 2017… Ninja Style!

    How are you settling in with the New Year?  It has barely been a month into it, but we are wondering how everyone’s New Years goals and resolutions are going?!  Have you been sticking to it, or have you found yourself throwing in the towel? Here’s a bit of inspiration for ya.  Check out this video of normal people being amazing.  Okay, we aren’t asking you to jump out of a plane, but take it as a push to remind you of what you resolved to do.  Anyone has the power to be extraordinary, including you.  So, be fearless and continue attacking your 2017, Ninja style! Share with us how your 2017 goals are going! We want to know! #ninjamodeon

  • Ninja Activities: DIY Laser Maze

    Don’t lie, you’re sick of your child being glued to the television or iPad screen.  Trying to pry this young generation from digital devices almost feels like an extra chore.  To be honest, it seems to be easier to allow them to just sink their little souls into their favorite TV shows for the day. Ironically, the internet can be useful for stimulating the adult mind.  Thanks to, I was able to come across a cool idea that might help your child ignite some Ninja fun outside of Ninja class, and away from a screen. This DIY Laser Maze is simple, affordable and yeah pretty entertaining (totally tried it out). What you need: Brightly colored party streamers or string Tape Scissors A hallway You will want to begin by cutting the streamers into strips no shorter than the width of the hallway.  Cut some longer too.  Next, begin to tape your streamer ends to either side of the hallway walls.  Tape them diagonally and horizontally, also make sure to intertwine and crisscross different streamers to create a challenge for your little Ninja. Now let the makeshift Ninja stealth training commence!

  • You Know You Have a High Energy Child When…

    Our kids are awesome! The high energy ones? Awesome in a much more enthusiastic way! I love my high energy kids. Life would be so boring without them…although, I’d probably be less caffeinated. Here are some silver linings for long days that may seem to never end, but we wouldn’t have it any other way. You know you have a high energy child when… You try to keep up, but you find yourself fizzling out around 2pm. Or noon. Or 11am. Gahh…give me all the coffee. You find yourself saying, “Honey, the dog doesn’t want to go out and jump on the trampoline with you.” You have to brace yourself like a football player getting ready to be tackled, when you go in for a hug from your kid. No complaints here, though. I’m kind of ok getting knocked over, if I get a hug out of it. 🙂 All you want to do is push your three year old on the swings that the park, but he taught himself how to pump his legs when he was in the womb. Parents are celebrating their kids first steps, and your kid is running circles around them…and they’re the same age. Your kids are never bored, because they love to make their own fun! Unless they’re in the car for more than, like, five minutes. Then, it’s game on. If it’s quiet in the house, something’s up (ok, this is all kids, but ya know…). You jokingly say, “I need to run five laps around the house!” after Thanksgiving dinner, but your kids don’t know you’re not serious, and they immediately challenge you to a race. You thought you had sweet dance moves, but you realize your kid can seriously kill it to some Justin Timberlake in the back seat. In a five-point harness. You can’t figure out how a little person that moves sooo fast usually, can eat their meal sooo sloowww… Your kid walks out of your closet in a pair of heels that you thought died with your 80’s bangs. Your weekly bartering system always starts and ends with a promise to go to the park later (I always follow through…they sleep so well at night after they’ve ran around in the fresh air!). So even if you’ve had “one of those days,” remember that there’s always a silver lining. If you’re struggling to find one, hunker down, pray for daylight, grab a glass of wine, and know that you’re only a day away from another shot. If all else fails, grab a hug from your kids. Maybe it’ll knock you down and you’ll remember that as parents, no matter the struggles, we wouldn’t change a thing.

  • Ninjas Give Back

    “As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands, one for helping yourself, and one for helping others.” -Audrey Hepburn Here at NinjaZone, we believe in the Ninja Creed. Our Creed represents the character development portion of NinjaZone and we feel very strongly that it’s nothin’ to sneeze at! At the core of our program, we believe in the power of building children up, from the inside out. Their mental and physical strength is built through a sport that uses techniques to leverage kids’ fire and enthusiasm into an activity they truly love. The character pillars of our program are just as important. We teach manners, respect, responsibility, and work ethic, to name a few. We also teach compassion. Throughout the months of November and December, we launched a #NinjasGiveBack campaign. We asked clubs to share their stories and photos of their Ninjas giving back to the community. We heard from clubs that did everything from a “Giving Tree” to a canned food and toy drive. We are so proud of our clubs, our trainers, our Ninja parents, and our kids! If you haven’t seen our Kindness Calendar, it has been wildly popular! Feel free to use it (see below)! It’s never too late to start!


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