What is the requirement for being deemed a “champion?” Does it mean you “have” to have won some sort of tournament, contest or challenge? Did you have to compete against another individual or team? There are the traditional meanings of the word “champion,” but in my opinion… The type of “champion” I admire, often has little to do with competing and winning.
In life there are a multitude of unrecognized “champions.” These individuals may have not formally competed in any type of sporting event, but they are taking on the challenges of life. I would like to speak to those who carry on the fight against cancer. It is reasonable to say that almost all of us know someone who has lost a loved one due to this horrific disease. Cancer took my father in his 50’s and to this day, I still have trouble coming to terms with it. That was almost 20 years ago. He fought it and eventually lost… In my mind, that doesn’t make him any less of a champion. I see the stories of young children affected by cancer and it saddens me, but also inspires me. THEY inspire me! Not all of those children win their battle, but they are STILL champions in my eyes! We can learn a lot from children, especially these children! The fighting spirit to never give up, the desire to beat the odds. This in my eyes, is what being a “champion” is all about!
There are other individuals who define the word “champion.” Namely those children from the poverty stricken inner-cities. Those children who do not take the easy way out by: staying in school, refusing to join gangs and make the choice to earn honest money instead of dealing drugs or stealing. Especially those who may not have the best parental influence in their home. The easy path is always the most tempting, but often can be the most dangerous. This hold even more true within the inner cities where drugs and gangs are the way of life. There is something inspiring in the fact that at such a young age, these children openly choose to work hard to better their situation. They see the temptations of what the alternative can give them. It is amazingly refreshing that they are not weakened by this and stay on the right path. This in my eyes, is what being a “champion” is all about!
There are so many more examples of individuals who have the traits of a champion but are rarely recognized as such. By this I mean the mentors, coaches, teachers, etc… Those who also take the time to make a positive difference in the lives of children, they are “champions” as well! While all of these individuals may not have a title, that does not mean they haven’t earned the right to be deemed “CHAMPION!”
This blog is dedicated to all those who do their part to make a difference in the world, especially in the world of children. I say “thank you!”