I choose to be a champion.

My story with Operation Breakthrough started about 8 years ago. I walked through those front doors my senior year of high school, having no idea what they would one day mean to me. I volunteered for one afternoon that day and have never forgotten. Fast forward 5 years, and I walked back through those doors as a teacher.  I could have never guessed that day as a volunteer that my life would be forever changed by the staff, children, and parents at Operation Breakthrough.

I was posed with the question of what Operation Breakthrough means to me, simply stated; hope. Hope in today and more importantly hope for tomorrow. I have gotten the great pleasure to teach three different classes of amazing children; one group for three years. In those years I have watched little people go from infancy to thinking they could conquer the world. I had a hand in that, me this seemingly small part of their lives, got to be part of that. 

I am coming to realize that I don’t play as small of a part as I had once thought; my part in their lives will affect them for the rest of their lives. I wake up every day and choose to be what these children need and deserve. Every day I walk through those doors, it matters what I do and what I say. I have the opportunity to build a child up, empowering them to believe they can do anything.

“Every child needs a champion— an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best they can possibly be.” ~Rita Pierson

So today and every single day I will choose to be a champion.