About NinjaZone

When Casey Wright made the decision to transition out of coaching gymnastics, she looked at her gym’s recreational program, and wondered...where were the boys in gymnastics? When she started “Ninja Gym,” it originally began as a class. The goal was to run the kids until they were tired, and then try to teach them some skills.

Ninja Gym went on to combine the discipline from martial arts, the coordination from gymnastics, the strength and agility from obstacle training, and the creativity from freestyle movement. Tricking and hardcore sports were included in the class, but they were performed and discovered at the child’s own pace.

From there, the program exploded, and NinjaZone was born.  Casey realized she was training kids to have the athletic foundation to teach them how to be confident in their movements.

“I wanted it to have multiple components. We want to have a character component and an athletic component, because we're dealing with little kids and we want to support what the parents want, and that's to raise good humans. It was now on us to help kids build grit and confidence. Gymnasts learn how to practice instinctual safety.  Kids don't realize how to protect their own body.” Ninja Sport is changing that.

While boys may have been the initial target market, NinjaZone is now in over 240 gyms throughout the world, and is changing the lives of boys and girls alike. NinjaZone builds strong and confident kids. There are no benches in Ninja.

The Team

Casey Wright

Casey is the NinjaZone Founder and CEO. She is a mom & bonus mom to four young children and wife to Jeremy, whom she believes to be the best man on the planet (sorry, ladies!). Casey started working in her parents’ gym as a receptionist at age 7 and has been fostering her entrepreneurial spirit and business skills since that time. During her time at the IU Kelley School of Business, she continued to pursue her passion for all things gymnastics. An early bloomer, Casey was the US’s youngest National Team Coach, Level 10 Judge, club owner, and led a few dozen incredible athletes to the NCAA, all inside of 3 decades. When Casey isn’t e-learning anything she can get her mouse on, she is busy living by her personal motto: “Be the first one on the dance floor.” She car-dances to country and hip-hop, and she hopes to learn the West Coast Swing. Casey is desperately waiting for an invitation to one of Gatsby’s parties, where she can show off her moves. In the meantime, she gets a kick out of watching other people dance. Especially Trainer Danny.

Tate is officially the Director of Optimization, but he prefers to be known as his alias--Badass Ninja Boss (or, simply… “The Bald One.”). Tate is married to an amazing lady, and he has two giggly little girls who are growing up too quickly. Tate’s hard work is motivated by the thought of an early retirement somewhere on a beach. He loves to travel with his family, and when he’s not number crunching, he’s also our resident problem-solver, whether he wants to be or not.

Danny is set to receive his AS in Business Administration, which will serve him well in his position as the Director of Curriculum and Instruction for NinjaZone. Danny’s passion, however, lies in working with kids, and for the past five years he has been thriving as a coach for recreational and competitive gymnastics. The thought of bettering the world through his influence on a child keeps Danny pushing for greatness. When he isn’t working, Danny can be found playing guitar. He also enjoys live music and tending to his growing locks, which he plans to soon donate to charity.

Kelly is VP of GSD at NinjaZone by day and a zookeeper at home by night. She and her husband give sanctuary to a variety of animals, including dogs (Bunk, Job, and Higgins as well as some foster dogs), a turtle named Potter, and a hedgehog named Weebay. Kelly is the resident overachiever with a degree in Behavioral Neuroscience from Purdue, a side gig at the Misty Eyes Animal Rescue Center, and she also happens to be a Registered Nurse. If she ever has trouble finding a job in one of those fields, Kelly plans to become a professional organizer or possibly tour with Snoop Dogg.

Descended from Olympic royalty (his great, great-grandfather was an Olympic athlete), Michael, the Director of Program Instruction, has sports in his blood. He was a four-sport athlete in high school, and a three-time football state champion. Michael gives 110% to everything he chooses to do, and his time at NinjaZone is no different. While he loves working with kids, NinjaZone also ties in nicely with Michael’s love of comics and superheros. If you peer in while the gym is closed, you might be able to catch him attempting to master Batman’s best moves. No, seriously. It has happened.

With her BS in Strategic Communication and a double minor in Entrepreneurship and Health Education and Promotion, Stephanie is well-qualified as the NinjaZone Director of Business Development and Promotions. Her motto is “Work hard. Play hard.” In addition to her professional successes, which include five years as a Regional Sales Manager for Toter and positions within the University of Utah Athletics Department, Stephanie was also a five-time NCAA Gymnastics All-American and a four-year starter on the University of Utah Women’s Gymnastics team. While she has already checked off some amazing bucket list items, she still has at least one more life goal: setting foot on every continent. She loves to skydive, she can’t whistle, and she would totally marry George Clooney if he showed up on her doorstep.

Megan is an early childhood educator by trade and training, and she holds a PhD in Elementary Education, Administration, and Research from Ball State University. After ten years of teaching, she left the classroom to pursue her passion of childhood development and research through adventures with two young boys of her own. When Megan’s oldest son heard about NinjaZone, she did some investigating, became drawn to the company’s mission, and is now the Director of Marketing and Public Relations. Megan is married to her wonderful husband, Jason, who shares her passion in marketing, entrepreneurship, live music, and all things outdoors. Megan has a “healthy” obsession with Dave Matthews Band, and loves great food and even better wine.

Audra is Director of Member Success and also a member of the marketing team at NinjaZone. Audra leaves behind a long career in insurance, although her true love lies in writing. Audra’s passion for language lead her to earn a B.A. in English, and outside of NZ she is a freelance writer, ghost blogger, and pun enthusiast (she’d probably tell you a chemistry joke, but she knows she wouldn’t get a reaction). If Audra weren’t employed with NinjaZone, she’d probably spend most of her time chasing down John Stamos (it’s a totally healthy obsession. See Megan’s DMB reference above). Audra is married with two awesome kids and can be found at Starbucks in the morning and enjoying a glass of wine at night.

Jason is the Digital & Creative Tribe Lead at NinjaZone, and when he’s not busy being pulled in a million different directions, he can be found hanging out with his 6 kids (yeah… that’s not a typo). He describes himself as a creative, problem-solving tech geek. He is a HUGE soccer fan who can be found cheering for Indy Eleven out of Indianapolis. If he could choose any superpower, he would want to be able to read minds. His favorite hobbies include soccer, drawing (he’s a heck of an artist!), movies, and hanging out with his family. His personal hero is his dad, and his motto is simply that he tries to be the best version of himself every day.

Emily is joining NinjaZone as a Marketing Specialist. She is excited to be a part of a team that strives to make a positive and well-rounded impact on the youth of today and tomorrow. Emily is obsessed with tortilla chips and tacos. She absolutely loves Target, and her favorite sports teams all stem from Chicago. Her mom is her hero, and she describes herself as energetic, open-minded, outgoing, goofy, and hardworking. Her favorite quote is from Joan Rivers: “Life goes by fast. Enjoy it. Calm down. It’s all funny.

Tyler joined NinjaZone as a Brand Ambassador. He is working deeply in Threads N’ Digs and also brings graphic design experience to the table. He is super excited to change the world with NinjaZone, and he recognizes that we’re all just getting started! His favorite drink is Mountain Dew, and he SWEARS by tossing a can of MD on the stove and sprinkling in cinnamon. “It’ll change your life!” When not perusing Amazon, he can be found attending a Colts, Reds, Pacers, or Hoosiers game. His favorite hobby is tailgating, and he loves the Avett Brothers and AC/DC. He describes himself as thoughtful, generous, creative, competitive, and patient.

Rudi comes to us as an experienced business owner, musician, and awesome human! Rudi is our NinjaZone Academy Guru and the Director of our Grand Park Academy in Westfield, IN. When he’s not working in the Academy, he’s at the Montessori school that he and his wife run. If he’s not there, you’ll find him performing as his alter-ego: “Ruditoonz,” a singer and songwriter of children’s music. Rudi’s favorite quote is: “Be nice, and have fun.” Rudi has a daily video series known as, “rudiMental,” where he takes just a few minutes a day to inspire and motivate. You can check it out over at dev.theninjazone.com/rudimental. To relax, Rudi likes to record in his basement studio, go to concerts, and hang out with his wife and daughter. Wilson, Rudi’s Labradoodle, is the unofficial office therapy dog. If he could change anything in the world, Rudi would replace all hate with love.

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