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Published April 11, 2013, 10:05 PM

Olympic champion sees power of character at TNT Fitness

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - An Olympic champion got to see firsthand today, the power of character. As TNT Fitness in Fargo expands its gymnastics and fitness programs for special needs children, Olympian Bart Conner is proposing some big "possibilities" for TNT, and all it took was a visit with the children.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - An Olympic champion got to see firsthand today, the power of character. As TNT Fitness in Fargo expands its gymnastics and fitness programs for special needs children, Olympian Bart Conner is proposing some big "possibilities" for TNT, and all it took was a visit with the children.

Nate Hendrickson is fondly known as the "kid whisperer." No one can work with special needs children in the way he can and see such dramatic results.

Today, three-year-old Bentley Schmeets, who has cerebral palsy, went through another day of rigorous workouts with Nate. And today, Olympic legend Bart Conner was at TNT Fitness, to witness the exploding growth in this non-profit's programs.

Nate Hendrickson, TNT Fitness: “Confidence. Confidence is kind of the big key with any kid.”

Serving children from across the metro, providing opportunities.

Bart Conner, Olympic Champion: “I think a community says a lot about itself when you look at how it takes care of those with special needs.”

And Conner's visit comes at a critical time for TNT. With its programs expanding, Bart Conner says it should be taken to a new level.

Conner: “I think the long term goal and I am excited about this and I want to be a part of this, figuring out a way to build a new training center here, share experiences and practices and help create other people like Nate who can create this magic.”

Helping the Bentleys on their ever changing journey

Conner and his Olympic Champion wife Nadia Comaneci operate the Bart Conner Gymnastics academy in Oklahoma.

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