GENEVA – Geneva fourth-grader Miguel Serrato was chosen to compete on the first season of America Ninja Warrior Junior, which begins at 6 p.m. Oct. 13 on the Universal Kids network, his mother Anna Marie Serrato said.
It is the kids' version of the popular adult show, American Ninja Warrior on NBC-Channel 5, she said.
Miguel, 9, trains at a Naperville ninja gym two to three times a week, his mother said.
“He used to do wrestling, but he likes this a lot better,” Anna Marie Serrato said. “At his gym they have a cargo net that he climbs on, rock climbing, a trapeze and rings. … He competes with other kids his age.”
The cable show features a giant obstacle course similar to the ones used in the adult version, she said.
The taping for the kids’ version of the show was in July, she said.
“He was chosen out of close to 10,000 children and he competed in Los Angeles where the taping was,” Anna Marie Serrato said. “This is the first series for kids.”
Miguel, who attends Harrison Street Elementary School in Geneva, will be in one episode of the 20-episode series. But his mother said they won’t say which episode he is in, so they have to watch all the episodes to see him.
American Ninja Warrior Junior is hosted by Matt Iseman, Akbar Gbajabiamila, and Gold Medalist Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez.
Check UniversalKids.com for local channel listings.