Philadelphia principal to compete on 'American Ninja Warrior'

A middle school principal from Philadelphia is getting a shot to tackle the obstacle course on American Ninja Warrior.

Mike Dougherty
May 11, 2018 - 6:49 pm
Stu Warshawer

Photo provided by Mastery Charter Harrity School

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- A middle school principal from Philadelphia is getting a shot to tackle the obstacle course Saturday on the hit television show American Ninja Warrior.  

"Yeah, I'm incredibly nervous," said Stuart Warshawer, the principal at Mastery Charter Harrity in Cobbs Creek.

Warshawer says the students went nuts at a pep rally to support him.

"It definitely made me feel great," he said, "but also got my heart beating thinking about the moment where I step under the big lights and I actually have to run the course."

He says the kids are the reason he's been waking up early and staying up late to train six days a week, all year.

"I hope that me competing on the show brings attention to the fact that we have some of the most inequitable funding for public education of any state in the country," Warshawer said.

With all the training and about 20 years of rock climbing under his belt, he says this is as ready as he can be.

"My hands have been cracking and bleeding," he said, "so I know I'm well prepared."

The episode is scheduled to air this summer.