What’s a Passion NINJA?

Three people working to make the world better through awareness for their causes they are passionate about. You’ve seen them on American Ninja Warrior as the Passion Ninja Team. Find out more about each Ninja, how they got where they are and what causes they are passionate about and how you can help.

We’ll be competing on American Ninja Warrior on October 5, 2020 – 9 pm ET / 8 PM CT on NBC. Tune in and see the Passion Ninjas.


Lance Pekus

Cowboy Ninja

I am an athletic hard working guy that has found his passion in obstacle racing. I am best know as the Cowboy Ninja off of NBC’s show American Ninja Warrior, competing nine times, a National Finalist five times, a three time all-star, a three time Ninja Warrior Captain and a two time Spartan’s Ultimate Team Challenger. 

A Husband and father of two, a USDA research Tech, Rancher, and Pilot. I am also a national spokesmen for Beef its whats for dinner.

Kat Henschen

Ninja Groomer

Kat Henschen a.k.a. The Ninja Groomer has been a Certified Professional Groomer since 2004. She is always happy to work with clients to get the best look for their pet. She is an award winning national competitive groomer with her Standard Poodle, Cozy. Her goal is always to impress and exceed expectations. Her grooming skills have been honed over several years influenced by the top groomers in the country.

Luke Mickelson

Bunk Bed Ninja

Luke Mickelson started Sleep in Heavenly Peace in 2012. By the end of 2018, SHP, which was featured on Returning the Favor with Mike Rowe, grew into a charity spanning 46 states with 200+ chapters, helping over 60,000 children receive their very own beds. Luke was nominated and selected to the 2018 CNN Hero Top 10 for his charity work and dedication to serving his community.

NINJA Passions

We each have a mission that’s close to our hearts. We hope you can find in your heart to help us help those we support.





Read below for more details about helping to find the cause and cure for Multiple Sclerosis, veterinary research, and helping to build beds for kids sleeping on the floor or in unsafe conditions. Each of our passion projects are important to our communities and we hope we can bring a little more awareness to each of these causes. You can read more below on how you can help out, contribute and make a change.

Finding the cause of and cure for multiple sclerosis through groundbreaking medical investigations accelerating research discoveries that translate from lab bench to bedside. Discover the cause of MS, elucidate mechanisms of disease progression, develop translational research programs that will lead to new therapies, and investigate regeneration and repair in MS

Paws for Change’s primary focus is to support crucial areas of veterinary research, which do not receive funding from establishment sources. Small animal nutrition on disease acquisition and prevention. Making accessible the latest in research and educational materials for pet parents and functional medicine practitioners.

We fully believe that a bed is a basic need for the proper physical, emotional, and mental support that a child needs. All children deserve a safe, comfortable place to lay their heads. A group of volunteers dedicated to building, assembling and delivering bunk beds to children and families in need. We want to ensure that No Kid Sleeps on the Floor in Our Town!

How you can help Today?

Your donation is important to all each of our causes. Donation are 501c3 tax deductible and will be split evenly among all three charities the Passion Ninjas support.

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