"Great things in business are never done by one person. They are done by a team of people." - Steve Jobs
CO-Founder, OWNER & head COURSE MASTER
Matthew is the co-founder and co-owner of Child's Play Challenge Courses. His unique credentials and background qualifies him as a highly skilled Course Master and team leader. Matthew has over 25 years of experience working in the fitness industry as well as with children in sports-conditioning programs, after-school programs, camps, birthday parties, and childcare facilities. He is a certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor and has worked for corporate, university and large franchise-operated fitness studios. Matthew is black-belt certified and also served as a karate instructor for children for many years. In his spare time he enjoys challenging himself and competing in endurance runs, zip-lining and tackling rope courses.
In 2014 Matthew was approached by a parent, impressed by his work at the childcare facility attended by his son, to provide a sports-conditioning activity at an upcoming block party. Matthew wanted to present the service in a fun and entertaining setting. Building on his own love of obstacle races and knowing how much kids loved to challenge themselves he became intrigued with the idea of crafting his own course. And the rest is Child's Play history. Since its inception the Challenge Courses have been very well received by both children and parents and is growing rapid in popularity.
Matthew is committed to keeping kids healthy and active while boosting self esteem. He has thoughtfully crafted each station to challenge agility, coordination, balance, speed, and endurance in order to build important gross motor skills, develop muscles, increase cardiovascular fitness, and gain confidence in a fun and playful setting.
Matt invites you to Crush the Course!
Co-Founder, OWNER & Chief Operating officer
Lauren has an extensive background in planning and operations having spent the past 30 years working as an event planner, stage manager and operations manager in television and the performing arts. She works closely with Matthew to ensure the successful planning and implementation for all of Child's Play's parties and events and oversees the daily operations and administrative functions.
Lauren can also be seen supervising the Challenge Course in action, as she playfully guides Course Crushers safely through the obstacles.
Lauren is excited for the future of Child's Play Challenge Courses and to the many contributions the business will make in keeping Course Crushers from all walks of life active and healthy.
THE COURSE MASTERS
We are proud of our dedicated and attentive team of Course Masters, comprised of teachers, fitness professionals, and the future great minds of America - our students.