December Newsletter

Hello Ninja Supporters!

This newsletter brings you:

– Updates about our organization
– A review of our last event
– Info about our next event!!!
– We need your help

The Urban Ninja Project Team
Ninja Warrior Games Chicago Winners!

Urban Ninja Project = UNP = Our new name!

If you’re looking down at the Ninja Warrior Games t-shirt that you’ve most likely been wearing every day since our last event at Dog House Crossfit in Chicago, you’re probably wondering, “UNP? What happened to NWG?”

We are changing our name because we feel ‘urban’ and ‘project’ better describe our mission which aims to make our lives more connected with one another in our urban environment while pursuing a variety of projects not limited to just competition, but inclusive of learning & play. Plus we’ll avoid any legal issues with the trademark Ninja Warrior.

Don’t worry, Facebook and Twitter follows will auto-update and hey, your old t-shirts still look cool and may become collector’s items!


Review of Event 1 at Dog House CrossFit

What happened at the Dog House Nov. 10-11 was nothing short of spectacular. Young and old, nimble and newbie all came together for the love of movement to learn and express their playful and competitive spirits.

The feedback from participants and coaches was overwhelmingly positive about the workshops, the quality of coaching, the obstacle courses and the overall event. We’re so thankful to now call each of you our partners in putting on what was a one-of-a-kind event.

Check out a video recap of our Chicago event on our new YouTube Channel –

Workshops & Coaches

We feel that the workshop portion of the day is what made the playful and competitive spirit come alive through coaching that was truly top-notch. People were stepping out of their comfort zones, expressing all sorts of joy in a safe, supportive and energized environment. We’ve heard of a many of you taking their classes! You can find a list of the coaches and their contact info on the website!

Ninja Paparazzi

We have a ton of great photos and video footage from the event:
– The Medill Reports covered the event!
– Check out our pics on Facebook
– Footage of individual course runs are now
on our YouTube Channel


On the Adult Obstacle Course – Dan Larson-Fine took home the $100 Grand Prize after conquering all 3 Levels of our Course on Sunday with a time of 9:35, just a few seconds from the 10 minute cutoff.
In the Kids category – Jakub Wiktorczyk won the $50 1st Place Prize with the fastest time on the Level 2 course.
Congrats to all our prize winners and all our participants who were brave enough to challenge the course!

All 1st, 2nd, 3rd Place winners from each course will get free entry to our next event. Prizes are awarded to the top 3 finishers from the Kids & Adults categories over the entire 2 days. They are as follows:Adult Category Prize Winners:
1. Dan Larsen – $100 Cash
2. Chad Zwadlo – $50 Cash
3. Jethro Abdon – Free NWG T-ShirtKids Category Prize Winners:
1. Jakub Wiktorczyk – $50 Cash
2. Megan Rainker – $25 Cash
3. Alex Disabato – Free NWG T-Shirt
– Check out the complete rankings on our Facebook Page –
– If you haven’t claimed your prize yet, email us at

Thank You

The event would not have been manageable by just the core group of planners without some amazing volunteers before, during and after the weekend. Did you know that this group of guys stayed after the event until 2 a.m. helping us break down and clean? Big Thanks to all our volunteers!

The Next Urban Ninja Challenge!!!

Get out your calendars and set your alarms. We will be building a new 2-person obstacle course for a weekend of greatness February 9-10, 2013 at CrossFit Rise in Schaumburg, IL. This time, we’ll have 36 different movement skills workshops on Saturday. Our multi-level obstacle course will be on Sunday where two people will go head-to-head on an identical course. We’ll also have hot food this time!
In order to make the numbers work, we will be utilizing Kickstarter for sign-ups so that we can make sure we get the required $4,000 funding for all systems to be a ‘go’. You will receive a separate email about that!


We need your help to promote the event so that we can hit our minimum to make it happen. Here’s how:
  • You can help us by posting the Kickstarter site where ever you can (We’ll be sending a seperate email with links)
  • Put up the poster at your gym/work/store/building
  • Mention us in your social networks, and talk about the event with your friends and family.
  • Come to the UNP demos at local malls and cheer us on or participate! Dates will be posted on the website. If you’re interested in participating email
  • If you have any other ideas we’re open to hearing them! Please contact

Support Our Cause

The Urban Ninja Project organizes local, community-based events with low entry fees made possible by the help of our volunteers, sponsors, hosts, and donors. We are committed to keeping our entry fees as low as possible for participants.If you’d like to help, check out the Get Involved section of our website or submit inquiries directly to