Sam Ballard is a warehouse manager who competed on American Ninja Warrior 9. Before competing, Ballard states that his life changed from American Ninja Warrior, having lived a sedentary life in his adolescent years.
It revealed that his father also was battling cancer, which motivated Ballard to run for him.
During qualifying, Ballard failed the Pipe Fitter, but placed 28th overall.
In the city finals, he put made an effort past the first four obstacles. Unfortunately, he once again failed the Pipe Fitter. He still put a proud run for his father, despite placing 29th overall in the city finals.