Rockford Ninja Warrior 2016 and sponsor BridgeWay Community Church is helping out the community's schools.

They presented a $45,000 check Monday, Nov. 14, during the school board meeting.

The money is going to Rockford's Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program and Developing Healthy Kids program.

Brian Pankratz the Executive Director of Rockford Ninja Warrior says :"We really just want to be the Hands and Feet of Jesus in our community, reach out, provide resources to our youth and let them know that we care and we're going to do everything that we can to make sure that they're supported with all the programs that exist out there."

This is the third year of Rockford Ninja Warrior race which brings in athletes from around the world. Next year’s Rockford Ninja Warrior event will be held on Friday, Aug. 11, and Saturday, Aug. 12, at the DeltaPlex.