The Grit Game Show

For Grades 3-8 | 60 Minutes | Up to 400 Students | $400

Grit means determination. Perseverance. Hard work. And most of all, resilience — bouncing back from problems and failures.

The Grit Game Show is a motivational assembly about resilience where your students become contestants in an onstage game show! We equip kids to keep going when the going gets tough. During our assembly, student volunteers will compete in these onstage games.

Choose Your Future

We’ll help your students think about their long-term goals — and even more importantly, what it will take to get there. Will the contestants in our game have enough grit to land their dream job? Or will they be stuck with less than the best because they lacked determination?

The Losers’ Club

Every successful person fails before she achieves success. So what’s the difference between gritty people and everyone else? They know how to bounce back from problems and failures. Contestants will peek into the lives of famous people and see how they demonstrated grit in “The Losers’ Club.”

Talking Back

We challenge students to change negative self-talk (like “I’m not smart enough to understand the lesson”) into positive, growth-oriented ideas (like “If I work hard, I can learn this”). Two teams compete to give the best positive response to each prompt.

Real Life Grit

“Real Life Grit” isn’t a game — it’s a short talk, about ten minutes long, that finishes every performance. In a tween-friendly way, we introduce students to Dr. Carol Dweck’s research about Growth vs. Fixed Mindsets, and challenge them to always demonstrate grit!


What Educators Are Saying

The Grit Game Show was an extremely engaging and interactive program that kept our students hanging on to the edge of their seats! In the weeks and months after the program, I was able to witness many situations where students used the knowledge and skills communicated through the program to help solve their own problems. I highly recommend this very practical and useful program!”

– Kevin Weihe, Guidance Counselor, Lebanon Junction Elementary School (Lebanon Junction, KY)

The Grit Game Show was exciting, fun for kids, and relevant! Every student was engaged and participating — even the teachers were a part of the game! The only thing I wish I had done differently was bring Drama By George to our school earlier! The closing piece that focused on the Growth Mindset really resonated with all of our students. Thank you to Drama by George for the great experience!

– Jackie Duvall, FRYSC Coordinator, Painted Stone Elementary School (Shelbyville, KY)

“An incredibly engaging performance by Drama by George on GRIT! The Stopher kids loved it and learned a ton about tenacity.”

– Tamara Hedrick, Teacher, Stopher Elementary School (Louisville, KY)

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Bring The Grit Game Show to Your School!

Host George Halitzka will equip your students with the positive attitude they need to succeed, in school and in life! Let us invest in your students with a presentation of The Grit Game Show.

GRIT 2 is Coming in Spring 2018!

The Grit Game Show has been one of our most popular programs ever, with kids and teachers alike. That’s why we’re introducing an all-new version! The game show format remains the same, but the games and content are completely new. This time around, our emphasis will be on setting and achieving goals. Contact us if you’d like to be informed when GRIT 2 is ready for booking in early 2018.


The price shown above applies to presentations which take place on or before December 31, 2017. A travel charge applies for destinations outside of a 20-mile radius from our office near downtown Louisville.

The Grit Game Show is a motivational assembly about achievement and resilience where students become contestants in an onstage game show! So far, we’ve presented 25 performances for 5500 students, and we’re still going strong.