Here is a story worth repeating. A high school female student, Erica DeLuca, was asked by the football coach at her high school to become a kicker on the football team. This young woman already had the proven talent as a current member of the soccer team. “She is on loan”, as her soccer coach puts it, to help out this football team. And according to Erica, she is doing it “because she loves football”, and as she says, “I just want them to be able to rely on me.”
Well, that is indeed what she has been doing! She has made 11 of 12 extra points and has connected on a 28-yard field goal already this year. More importantly, however, are the coaches, parents, members of the football team, and the local newspaper who have recognized and taken the necessary steps to celebrate and acknowledge her talents and contributions.
I love this story for it exemplifies on many levels what is so true. All children regardless if they are a boy or girl have talents that they alone possess. The importance of this very story serves as a reminder to us all. Talents need to be developed, encouraged, and supported, if they are to grow and benefit others. Making room for her talents would not have been possible if it were not for the encouragement and continual support of her family, friends, coaches and members of her team.
After all, the ultimate power is when our talents can be used to serve others and help make this world a better place for us all.
Champion Parenting, Inc./Building Leaders for Life