Flower Mound Win Kids owner discovers passion in coaching children

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Win Kids owner Michael Winburn believes in helping kids such as Bella Robison. (Courtesy Win Kids)

Win Kids owner Michael Winburn believes in helping kids such as Bella Robison. (Courtesy Win Kids)

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The WK Ninja Warriors program is based off of the popular TV show, 'American Ninja Warrior.' (Courtesy Win Kids)
Becoming a business owner was not always a passion for Michael Winburn, nor was it his goal.

But he said he quickly learned that his true purpose was to work with kids of all ages, training and coaching them to become more coordinated. Thus, Win Kids was born.

Winburn started the multi-activity facility 23 years ago in Flower Mound. He said he was the only instructor at the time and taught every single class for eight years.

“I went to go get a big loan to open it, and they said no. So I said OK, and I just got some mats and started teaching the kids,” Winburn said.

Growing up with a family of gymnasts, Winburn said he spent a lot of time in the gym. He became a coach during his college years. But he did not initially plan to continue teaching, he said.

“I wanted to get a finance degree and thought my original goal was to make lots of money in business,” he said.

However, after gaining business and finance experience, Winburn said he missed teaching and being around kids. While working as a regional consultant for a gymnastics company, he said he had the idea to combine beginner level gymnastics and the larger scale competitive gymnastics training.

“Most sports schools focus on finding Olympic kids and kids that are naturally talented,” Winburn said, “But I also wanted to have an even larger focus on all kids, helping them latch onto sports and activities so that even if you weren’t already coordinated, you could still become a gymnast or a dancer or a martial artist or a Ninja Warrior.”

Winburn tailored his business to help kids with a variety of pursuits, including music lessons. The facility has also partnered with Emler Swim School to offer swim lessons.

Win Kids also holds camps, birthday parties and parents’ night out events. The center serves kids age six months old to 16 years old.

“Some of my students started way back when I began Win Kids,” Winburn said. “They were babies at the time and trained their whole lives in that building. Now, they work here as coaches. It’s a full circle.”

Win Kids, 3000 Waketon Road, Flower Mound, 972-355-9988. www.winkids.net Hours: Mon.-Thu. 9 a.m.-8:30 p.m., Fri. 9 a.m.-11 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.-6 p.m.


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