Rising Star Gymnastics owner Kelly Brady-Favaloro and her two children (Philip M. Geiger — Special to the Herald). Focused on kids, ages 4 to 9, Ninja Zone is a fusion of gymnastics, martial arts, obstacle training, and freestyle movement, designed to build character and cultivate discipline while it develops coordination, increases strength, and improves agility. “We started our Sports Agility and Ninja Zone programs in 2014, in response to a huge interest due to ‘American Ninja Warrior,’” said owner Kelly Brady-Favaloro, who grew up in Rising Star, which was founded in 1982 by her mother Kathleen Brady. “Our boys are particularly interested, but we have some equally focused girls in the program.” Brady-Favaloro and her staff work with the progressive “Ninja Zone” lesson plans for ages 3 and up, which enable kids to advance through skills testing. Participants wear a special uniform and different color headband depending on their skill level. All of which helps them feel like they belong. “If you listen to the interviews during the ‘American Ninja Warrior’ competition on TV,” she said, “a lot of the top competitors were gymnasts or worked out in a gym. This gives them strength, flexibility, spatial awareness, athleticism, courage, commitment — all things they can transfer from the gym to other sports and other aspects of their lives.” Rising Star has hosted its own, in-house competitions, most recently in February, before COVID canceled their calendar.


The fee was mandatory for decades but became optional beginning in July under a change in state law. The Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association, a state-created nonprofit entity that reimburses auto insurers for medical claims surpassing $580,000, announced the 14% fee reduction Wednesday. It said the check my site cut to the fee, which was $220 per vehicle between mid-2019 and mid-2020 before falling to $100, is primarily due to health care cost controls and other changes in the 2019 law enacted by Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Republican-led Legislature. The changes reduced the association’s liabilities by $3.5 billion and eliminated a deficit position. Motorists who forego personal protection benefits entirely and those who choose less coverage do not have to pay the assessment. The insurance industry said the reduced fee underscores the need to keep the law, which — beginning next July — will also set a fee schedule for care covered by auto insurers. They currently pay much more for the same services than is paid by employer plans or government insurance such as Medicare or Medicaid. “Especially in these uncertain times, it’s more important than ever that Michigan drivers keep as much of their hard-earned income as possible,” said House Speaker-elect Jason Wentworth, a Farwell Republican. Whitmer also welcomed the announcement, saying “these reforms are continuing to result in greater savings than required in the law.” The $86 fee will be the lowest in 19 years. Drivers can pick $500,000 of coverage or $250,000.