20 Questions with Mike Winburn of Win Kids

  • BY Steve Gamel
  • January 20, 2020
By Steve Gamel

Anyone in the area who has young kids has likely been to Win Kids at least a few times. For many parents, it’s a weekly thing. Since 1998, thousands of children and families each year come to Win Kids for everything from gymnastics and swim classes to cheerleading, dance, sports, martial arts, music, and more. But what about the guy behind the curtain who runs the whole thing?

In a recent interview with Murray Media, owner Mike Winburn was gracious enough to give everyone a peek behind the curtain with an old-fashioned game of 20 Questions.

MMG: You have created a gem at Win Kids. What is the best part of it for you?
Mike: I would say it’s when I see a child who has been coming to us for a long time, and they’ve become more athletic and confident. I really like to see a kid who is so confident that not only are they solid athletically, but they can hold their own in a conversation rather than being wimpy or withdrawn.

MMG: How long do you see yourself doing this?
Mike: There’s no end point for me. I am constantly thinking of ways to make this place better. I think if I had to give this place up, I’d miss it too much and end up getting into something that resembles it.

MMG: If you couldn’t do Win Kids, what would you do and why?
Mike: I would help people come up with the ideas to design and remodel their buildings and homes.

MMG: What is the least favorite part of your job?
Mike: The concern I always have that people are remaining content and happy with our service. I could have said accounting or something like that, but I really want to make sure we are keeping our promises.

MMG: Do you ever get in the Ninja training gym when no one’s looking?
Mike: Not in the Ninja training room, but definitely on the trampolines for gymnastics.

MMG: If you were stuck in an elevator with one person, who would it be?
Mike: Steven Covey. I have just really enjoyed listening to him talk about human nature and principles.

MMG: What is the one household chore you can’t stand?
Mike: That’s hard because I’m a do-it-all kind of guy. But I’d have to say cleaning out a hairy drain.

MMG: What is your deepest darkest secret?
Mike: I was a runaway child who dropped out of school in the ninth grade. The good news is that I went back three years later and ended up graduating Summa Cum Laude.

MMG: What’s on your playlist in the car on the drive home from work?
Mike: Stick Figure

MMG: Do you have Disney Plus and what would you be more likely to binge watch?
Mike: We have it here at the club, but I just don’t watch a lot of television.

MMG: Who is the funniest person on your staff?
Mike: It’s our Ninja Director, Josh

MMG: Iron Man or Captain America?
Mike: Captain America

MMG: Star Wars or Star Trek?
Mike: Star Wars

MMG: What’s your favorite hobby outside of work?
Mike: Water skiing

MMG: What is your worst trait?
Mike: My family would say it’s that I never rest. I’m high strung.

MMG: What is your favorite food?
Mike: Italian pasta

MMG: What is your favorite color?
Mike: Cobalt blue

MMG: Have you ever played Truth or Dare? And how did that work out for you?
Mike: No, and that has worked out for me just fine.

MMG: If you could star in a movie, which movie would it be?
Mike: I have two answers. The first is Bodie from Point Break. The second is Maximus from Gladiator.

MMG: Cups in the cupboard. Right side up or upside down?
Mike: Upside down

photo courtesy of Win Kids Facebook

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