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A Lesson Learned from Champions Together

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~I’ve seen better days, but I’ve also seen worse. I don’t have everything I want, but I do have all I need. I woke up with some aches and pains, but I woke up. My life may not be perfect, but I am blessed.~

 

We all have flaws, we all have needs, and we all have imperfections. Looking past those flaws, we are all individuals trying to live our lives to the fullest. Sometimes people forget to look at the good in their lives because they are so focused on the negative. I believe that everyone needs a little push to realize their true blessings.

I had a push in my life this past weekend. I was able to be a part of Champions Together. Champions Together schools team up with special needs kids to form fun activities for them to participate in. A huge group of students help fundraise, organize, and plan these activities. The Lewis Cass Champions Together committee decided that it would be a great idea to have a basketball/cheer clinic for the special needs. Being a cheerleader, I immediately agreed and said I would help be a leader in the cheer portion of this event.

The committee planned this event for months; this past Saturday was the big day! We had two cheerleaders signed up and two walk-ins. We had a three-year old show up, and she was absolutely adorable. She had two braces on her ankles but could walk if someone held her hand. We had another young girl that was a very good dancer that caught on to things very easily. We also had two older girls that loved dancing and listening to music, and they were so much fun to be around! With all four of these girls, we learned cheers, colored posters, and started to learn more about each other. Most importantly, we all danced, danced, and danced some more. Seeing the smiles on their faces made my heart melt.

Being with these kids just opened my heart. When they would laugh and smile, I just felt this urge to cry. It made me stop and think how challenging it would be to have grown up like any one of these individuals. Typical teenagers try to fit in and become so-called “popular,” but all these girls taught me that I take so much for granted. These girls aren’t typical teenagers; I don’t stop and think enough about how my normal day wouldn’t begin to compare to one of theirs. The girls I worked with this weekend were confident, strong, and beautiful. I was the leader so I was suppose to be teaching them, but instead, they taught me a very important lesson with its own type of value.

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  1. klewe90 on February 2nd, 2018 1:28 pm

    I really enjoyed the clinic and have really enjoyed my time being with the kids. This has been a great experience that I will never forget! Great job explaining your experience with it all! Good story!

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  2. mdish72 on February 2nd, 2018 2:39 pm

    Great article! I really liked how your views changed as the program went on! It’s great to know that people, especially special needs, really look up to people and we realize that our lives are not that hard. I can’t wait to see what Champions Together does for Lewis Cass! Well done!

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  3. Brady Johnson on February 5th, 2018 8:55 am

    Nice Article! I am glad that you had the opportunity to help out with such a great event. I am glad I had been apart of it too. I like how you explained what all you did with the cheerleaders. Great work!

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  4. Gabe Eurit on February 6th, 2018 9:35 pm

    Amazing article. This is very heart touching. I agree that most people on only their flaws and need to be more thankful for what they have. There are some others that do not get to fully experience all things in life. You should always be thankful for what you have and never take any of it for granted.

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  5. Caleb Johnson on February 20th, 2018 1:27 pm

    Great Article McKayla, I think it’s great you’re talking about Champions Together. I thought it was cool that you said what you did with the cheerleaders. A very heartfelt article. Great Job!

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  6. McKayla Ramsey on February 28th, 2018 4:06 pm

    As the president of Champions Together, I’m so glad to hear that this clinic had such an impact on you. The goal of the program is not only to benefit the special needs students, but to benefit everyone. I can relate with you that Champions Together has helped me take a step back and be extremely grateful for what I have. Great article!

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