Student Competes on American Ninja Warrior; Raises Funds, Awareness for Charity

Student Competes on American Ninja Warrior; Raises Funds, Awareness for Charity

College of Arts and Sciences senior Michael Galeski’s appearance on NBC’s American Ninja Warrior combined his competitive spirit with his drive to better the world.

In April, Galeski traveled to Oklahoma City with his parents and a handful of friends from Creighton to compete in the regional round of the competition. (Galeski’s mom, Laurie Vinduska Galeski, BS’83, MS’89, works at Creighton as an academic coach.) The episode aired on NBC in June, and part of his run was broadcast.

The Omaha Central High School graduate made it through several obstacles before falling on the “coconut climb.”

Galeski, a sustainability major minoring in business and African studies, dedicated his performance on the show to Pencils of Promise, a national nonprofit organization that builds schools in developing countries. He traveled with the organization to Laos in November 2018 to learn more about the group’s efforts to build schools in that country’s rural areas.

“I would have loved to finish the course, but I’m proud to have made it to the obstacle before the warped wall (the final obstacle) in my rookie season,” says Galeski, who trained for the show at special gyms in Minnesota and Lincoln, Nebraska.

“I’m so grateful for this opportunity to represent Pencils of Promise and raise awareness for global education on a national stage,” he says. “I’m also thankful for the generosity of all the people who donated after watching the show. We still have work to do before we complete the school, but this progress is exciting.”