For Giving Tuesday, the hosts and Ninjas are sharing the causes close to their hearts.
Sometimes, we all need a little nudge that while it’s the season of giving, it’s also a great time to give back. So when American Ninja Warrior Josh Levin’s mom sent us a note asking if we’d help share some of the Ninjas’ favorite charities, we thought Giving Tuesday was the perfect time.
Giving Tuesday is a day to remind us of all the wonderful work being done by charities all over the country. Work that depends on donations. The hosts and some of the Ninjas have shared which charity is the most important to them, in the hopes that the fans might show them a little love this Giving Tuesday.
Thank you so much to Carrie Levin for doing such a fantastic job reaching out to the Ninjas!
Kristine Leahy: Girls Inc.
“In partnership with schools and at Girls Inc. centers, we focus on the development of the whole girl. She learns to value herself, take risks, and discover and develop her inherent strengths. The combination of long-lasting mentoring relationships, a pro-girl environment, and research-based programming equips girls to navigate gender, economic, and social barriers, and grow up healthy, educated, and independent.”
Akbar Gbajabiamila: Michael J. Fox Foundation
“Dedicated to finding a cure for Parkinson’s disease through an aggressively funded research agenda and to ensuring the development of improved therapies for those living with Parkinson’s today.”
Matt Iseman: Arthritis Foundation
Matt shared, “My charity is, of course, the Arthritis Foundation (my charity from Celeb Apprentice). Having Rheumatoid Arthritis since 2002, it’s personal. And I JUST got back from hosting their annual meeting where Beth Higgenbotham came out.”
Flip Rodriguez: Paving the Way
To shatter the silence and prevent sexual violence through social advocacy, education and survivor support.
Jesse Labreck: Camp Jabberwocky
“It’s a camp for kids and adults with disabilities and it’s Emeline’s favorite place on Earth. The counselors are volunteers and it runs on donations and whatever the families and contribute,” Jesse shared.
Josh Levin & Austin Gray: Donate Life America
Organ donation awareness and national database that allows organ donor info across state lines.
Austin, a 20 years old ninja, will be donating his kidney to a close friend. They have graduated together but went to school with each other since the 4th grade. Talk about giving the gift of life!
Charlie Andrews: Lean 0n Me
Anonymous peer support hotline network via text.
Roo Yori: Wallace the Pit Bull Foundation, Founder and President
Improving the lives of dogs and the people who care for them. Roo shares, “I am actually the Founder and President of Wallace the Pit Bull Foundation, named after our late Frisbee dog Champion. I’ve also supported a ton of other rescue organizations and shelters all across the country through Wallace, and our other dog Hector (former Michael Vick dog). Unfortunately they passed away a few years back, but I’ve been able to utilize ANW now to advocate for shelter dogs today.”
Henry Ferrarin & Jake Murray: Ninja for a Cure, Founder – Henry Ferrarin
All net proceeds go to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, which funds research to prevent and cure breast cancer. Ninja for a Cure was founded by Henry Ferrarin, whose inspiration was drawn by his own mother’s fight and survival against the dreaded cancer. He raised well over $36,500 towards Breast Cancer Research Foundation. A couple of his stories help illustrate his devotion to the cause.
“Since I coach youth basketball as well as compete on ANW, I teamed up with my basketball organization to have a huge basketball tournament where Ninjas from the tv show (all donated their time) played basketball with hundreds of kids and also played vs each other. My highlight was beating Joe “the weatherman” Moravsky 7 to 1 in a one on one basketball game (I have it all on video). This event raised $6,000.
The other amazing story is about a 7-year old ANW fan named Natalie who learned about “Ninja for a Cure” at a Ninja Warrior kids camp I ran. Natalie was so inspired to help that instead of asking for presents for her 7th birthday party she asked everyone to help contribute money to Ninja for a Cure. Little Natalie raised $500 for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. I can’t stop crying every time I think about how selfless and kind Natalie is. All I cared about is candy and video games when I was seven.” – Henry Ferrarin
It was a true honor playing (and beating) one of the best @ninjawarrior athletes in the world in a super fun one on one basketball game to cure cancer! There was a lot of trash talk leading up to this game which made beating @joemoravsky even more satisfying! Now maybe one day I’ll beat him on an #anw course! Video credits to @ninjamaurrior #ninjaforacure #hoopforacure #allingoodfun #americanninjawarrior #basketball #balling #hoops #getbodied #ballislife #toobigandtoostrong #postup #unfairmatchup #boxout #blockout #rebound @chriswilczewski @ninjames206
Nate Burkhalter, Alyssa Beird, Grant McCartney and Michelle Warnky: World Orphans
The Ninjas recently attended a “Haiti Ninja Warrior Trip” to help the island’s orphans find homes.
Noah Kaufman & Ian Dory: Positive Coaching Alliance
Fight childhood obesity and diabetes.
Maggi Thorne, Daniel Gil & Jonathon Horton: Convoy of Hope
“My favorite charity is Convoy of Hope, an organization committed to delivering hope and help around the world. They have been around since 1994 and served over 80 Million people, from feeding children, empowering women, responding to disaster relief and collecting supplies.” – Maggi
Sean Darling-Hammond: Mary’s Center
Community Health Center that provides health care, family literacy and social services to individuals whose needs too often go unmet by the public and private systems.
Mike Chick: Equal Justice Initiative
Challenges poverty and racial injustice, advocates for equal treatment in the criminal justice system, and creates hope for marginalized communities.
Barclay Stockett: Exile International
Restoring rescued child soldiers and children orphaned by war to become leaders for peace through art therapy and holistic, rehabilitative care.
Jamie Rahn: Goliathon
Proceeds from obstacle race competitions go towards clean water projects in 3rd world countries.
Kevin Bull: Children’s Alopecia Project
To help any child in need living with hair loss due to all forms of alopecia.
Jennifer Tavernier: Together We Rise
They work to improve the lives of foster children in America.
Najee Richardson: Toys for Tots
Collect new, unwrapped toys and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.
Travis Brewer: Pi Movement (Positive Impact Movement), Founder
Maker of Ninja pants and other quality athletic apparel. Committed to giving back Pi% or 3.14% with every purchase towards building Ninja & Movement parks to encourage movement, meditation, and a mantra of “never stop playing” – worldwide. First one built in Jamaica!
Karsten Williams: The Samaritan Inn
Providing necessary services to people experiencing homelessness
Carrie Levin (aka Josh Levin’s mama): Sunnyvale Community Service
To help end homelessness and hunger in the Silicon Valley area.
This article was originally published in November, 2017.