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‘American Ninja’ contestant to bring ‘right attitude’ message to 4-H State O-Rama

By Mary Hightower
The Cooperative Extension Service
U of A System Division of Agriculture

Fast Facts:

  • State O-Rama runs July 21-24 at U of Arkansas-Fayetteville
  • About 400 Arkansas youth expected
  • Former ‘American Ninja Warrior’ competitor to be keynote on Thursday
  • Miss Arkansas contestant Katie Crow to speak at Tuesday opening assembly

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LITTLE ROCK -- Hoan Do, a competitor on “American Ninja” “and corporate trainer, will be bringing practical strategies for success in and out of school when delivers the keynote Thursday afternoon at the Arkansas 4-H State O-Rama. 

“We have a terrific lineup of speakers and activities for our youth,” said Anne Sortor, extension’s associate director for 4-H and Family and Consumer Science. "Each year we look forward to the state O-Rama. These youth have worked hard to earn a place here and it's great to see them recognized for their achievements.” 

Some 400 youth from all over Arkansas will be on the University of Arkansas campus in Fayetteville from Tuesday, July 21 to Friday, July 24, as part of 4-H State O-Rama. The O-Rama features dozens of competitive events such as public speaking, performing arts ad crop and weed identification. New this year is a welding event. The youth earned the trip to Fayetteville after qualifying through county and district competitions. 

Do will be speaking at the assembly at 2:30 p.m. in Barnhill Arena. 

“Sometimes your biggest breakdowns in life can provide you with your biggest breakthroughs in life,” he said. “It’s not about being positive all the time; it’s about having the right attitude.” 

In addition to competing in NBC's hit show, American Ninja Warrior, Hoan Do has travelled to every corner of the United States and parts of Canada on a mission to provide students with practical strategies to help them to succeed in and out of school. 

He takes abstract life lessons and makes them real through creative metaphors and analogies, likening attitude adjustments to “changing the radio station.” 

The 4-Hers will also hear from Miss Arkansas contestant Katie Crow, a 4-H alumnae who competed as Miss Madison County.  She will speak on Tuesday at 4 p.m. in the Arkansas Union Ballroom. 

Arkansas 4-H is the youth development program of the Cooperative Extension Service, part of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. 4-H has more than 140,000 members in Arkansas. 

To learn more about 4-H in Arkansas, visit or contact your county extension office.


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Media Contact: Mary Hightower
Dir. of Communication Services
U of A Division of Agriculture
Cooperative Extension Service
(501) 671-2126

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