This American Ninja Warrior contestant pays for fitness, not chores

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As a physical education (P.E.) teacher and a two-time contestant on the challenging obstacle-course competition “American Ninja Warrior,” Morgan “Moose” Wright is, of course, teaching his children to be physically fit.

And he’s melding those lessons with financial fitness, as well.

Wright, a 43-year-old elementary school teacher from North Fort Myers, Florida, made it to this season’s “American Ninja Warrior” finals in Las Vegas. The first night of the finals airs Sept. 4, at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. (NBC and CNBC are both units of NBCUniversal.)

In a contestant video that aired ahead of his Kansas City finals run in mid-August, Wright, a retired U.S. Army first lieutenant, dug into a topic that’s a hot-button issue for parents: Allowances.

He and his wife, Lisa, pay their kids — Josalyn, 12, and Jaxon, 9 — for physical activity rather than chores. The idea took off.

“My kids are like, this is an unlimited money-making potential,” Wright said in the video. He noted that the weekly bill for the athletic duo can run $50 to $60 from all those planks, push-ups and mile runs.

“But what better investment, than on the physical fitness of my children?” he said. “And I pay it out with a smile.”



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