Television’s four-time American Ninja Warrior James Wilson brought his Nati Ninja obstacle course to Springer School and Center on October 10, as part of the school’s Be Your Best Self Week. The school’s annual program aims to encourage students to eat well and stay fit, as well as foster connection among students and staff. Each of the school’s students conquered the obstacle course, which stretched around the perimeter of the gym, cheered on by their fellow students, grades 1 through 8.
Kicking off the week with his Ninja Warrior challenge, Wilson charged the students to set goals form themselves. “Being your best self is setting daily goals and pushing yourself to accomplish them every day,” he said. “I don’t fear failure – I fear not having the chance, and right now we all have a chance to be the best version of ourselves.”
The Nati Ninja has a personal connection with Springer – his son Aiden began fourth grade at the school for students with learning disabilities in August. “I’m so grateful for having the opportunity to bring Ninja Warrior to Springer!” said Wilson. “I was pleased by everyone’s enthusiasm, including the faculty, and I believe everyone was a winner that day.”
Physical Education Teacher Mark Phelps created and oversees Be Your Best Self Week, which is in its third year. "The message and example that Mr. Wilson brought to Springer perfectly captures the spirit of Be Your Best Self Week,” said Phelps. “We are fortunate that he and his family are part of the Springer family.”
Additional activities during Be Your Best Self Week included yoga and Zumba classes, “Teacher/Staff Play Day” during the students’ recess periods, and S.P.A.R.K. (Springer Produces Active and Responsible Kids), which included classroom calisthenic exercises each morning.