“Every Child deserves a Champion- an adult who understands the power of connection, who will not give up on them and insists that they become the best they can possibly be.”
Rita Pierson, a teacher for 40 years, is sadly no longer with us, but she leaves behind an enduring message: “Every Child deserves a Champion”.
In her TED talk, Rita candidly highlights the many challenges of education and in no way pretends that it is easy. A message that is not just confined to the classroom.
So what does it mean to be a Champion? A Champion is often considered an unattainable ideal- an esoteric status reserved for an elite, talented few.
However, not all Champions are recognizable figures standing on podiums wearing medals or walking down red carpets in designer clothes. In fact, even in a crowd, a true Champion is difficult to recognize at all.
Rita explains, that to be a Champion is simply to be the best that you can be. And the truth is, each of us has the potential to be a Champion. Not only to become the best that we can possibly be, but also to use our powers for good, to bring out the best in others.
Despite what we might otherwise have been led to believe, Champions are Created.
Champions often look a lot like parents, grandparents, teachers, camp counselors, coaches and friends. Even though on paper there might not be any real reason for them to believe, they can see beyond that. It is the belief, advice, encouragement and support of a Champion, that can Create Champions.
Real life generally isn’t a Rocky Balboa style zero sum game, whereby in order for one person to win, someone must lose. In reality, when we Champion someone, we all benefit in some way.
Rita’s positive message resonated with me so much because it’s the reason why we do what we do at Champify. We too believe that everyone deserves a Champion so that they can realize their full potential. We try to do this everyday, so that we can, in our own tiny way, help to Create Champions.