‘Deaf Ninja’ Schulze to speak at two events at Minot State

MINOT, N.D. – Minot State University Department of Special Education is proud to present Kyle Schulze, American Ninja Warriors “Deaf Ninja,” at two events on campus Saturday, Feb. 22.

Schulze will speak at a private event for children and adults who are deaf or hard of hearing and their families at the Minot State Wellness Center rock wall at 10 a.m. This is an invitation only event. Contact MSU Special Education Chair Holly Pedersen by EMAIL or by phone at 701-858-3846 for more information.

At 5 p.m. on Feb. 22, Schulze will give a motivational talk on his motto: “Stay strong and be proud of who YOU are!” at the Wellness Center. This event is free and open to the public.

“It’s really exciting to have an athlete of this caliber visit,” Pedersen said. “We were able to bring Kyle to campus as part of a grant project that involves fathers of children with hearing loss. It’s going to be a great opportunity for the kids and families to have fun and interact with a role model who also has a hearing loss.”

During both events, Schulze will demonstrate some of his training activities and interact with the audience along with his motivational speech.

“Kyle is very personable, has high energy, and is an amazing athlete — his message of hard work and positive self-concept applies to everyone,” Pedersen added.

Schulze has been a contestant on American Ninja Warrior in seasons 9 and 10, earning a spot in the Indianapolis City Finals in 2018. Originally from Chicago, Schulze was born deaf but wasn’t diagnosed until two and a half years old, when he didn’t communicate verbally.

He is the owner of a rock climbing gym and enjoys competing in obstacle course races (OCR) across the country. He is also a black belt in Shotokan Martial Arts.

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Published: 02/07/20   

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