Kendama Club

This is a grant from The Awesome Fund, dedicated solely to student clubs and organizations, and funded by a generous Hopkins alumnus, a matching donation from his employer, and the family & friends of Ethan Lang.

Kendama Club 2 Awesome Fund grant spring 2020The ancient Japanese game of Kendama builds tools for transforming failure and adversity into opportunities to learn and grow. The club is bringing in an inspirational speaker from the Kendama Institute of Minneapolis to present at a West Junior High school assembly, as well as offer twenty hours of afterschool instruction in the techniques and tricks of the game. The Institute’s philosophy, ‘mindful play for lifelong success’, uses Kendama to teach the growth mindset. Students will practice communication skills based in social emotional learning. Forty Kendama kits, which include a reflective journal, will be purchased for club use.



Awarded Spring 2020
West Junior High
Submitters: David Rothman (student), Helena Gunderson (faculty advisor)


We are a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.
Our tax id is 41-1808042.