LESSONS FOR YOUNG CHAMPIONS
CHOICES AND CHALLENGES SUMMARY
This story is about a YOUNG
EAGLE named RUDY.
As a baby in his nest Rudy is inspired to become a great Wind Dancer.
But one day he falls out of his nest, hurts his wing and gets caught
up with the CROWS.
The crows aren't big Dreamers and try to steal Rudy's Dream. The crow's
influence holds Rudy back. Rudy begins to question himself and his
Dream. He tries to fit in with the crows and be like them to be accepted.
He wants to belong.
becomes confused. He starts to feel like
he could be a Wind Dancer, but he is
not around the RIGHT
help him to become that Wind Dancer.
Only with the right information will
Rudy develop confidence and belief in
himself and his Dream. One day Rudy meets YUPPER,
a wise old groundhog. Yupper discovers
that Rudy is not a crow and could, possibly,
be an eagle. Yupper begins to understand
what Rudy is going through and influences
Rudy in a positive way by teaching him
I CAN" attitude.
But, that is not enough...
the advice of his new friend, Yupper,
Rudy leaves the crows to discover his
true potential. While in the woods all
alone and scared one night Rudy encounters, BONES,
the vulture. The Bones Character preys
on fear. He finds joy and song in weak,
defenseless creatures with no self confidence.
That night Rudy was a prime suspect.
Bones may have attacked Rudy that night
if not for the interruption of a spiky
little porcupine named NEEDLES!
could relate to Rudy's loneliness. He
too felt unaccepted and lonely. Needles
had a great desire to be loved - but
could get no hugs - because to hug Needles
like a crow, but still having a desire
to find out more about himself, Rudy flutters
through the forest staying within the boundaries
of the tree line. Rudy's blinded by an
intense fog and mist rising from the meadow
and is almost stomped to death by a herd
of elk during "The Rutting Season". In
the mist Rudy meets, BELLOWS,
the elk. Rudy noticed a brace on Bellows'
leg and felt compelled to share his Dream.
Bellows, too, had a Dream and encouraged
Rudy. After becoming fast friends in their
journey to live their Dreams, Bellows placed "The
Medallion of Courage" around Rudy's neck
as a symbol of what they were yet to achieve.
Rudy was inspired.
his death, Bellows whispered to Rudy, "Never
let your Dream die, Rudy. NEVER,
NEVER QUIT!" Rudy had no
choice but to pursue his Dream. He had
to live his Dream not only for himself
but to inspire others to live their Dreams.
After all, the name Rudy means "To Inspire".
NEEDS TO FOCUS ON HIS DREAM. He
has been encouraged by all his new
friends and mentors. Now Rudy needs
to prepare. The GOLDEN
EAGLE tells Rudy what
he needs to do. He tells him to prepare
and never quit and the time will come
when he will have the courage, faith,
wisdom and knowledge to make his Dreams
come true. Once again inspired, Rudy
knew what he had to do!
begins to practice and practice. He
tries and fails. He struggles. He
works hard every day. He falls.
He gets back up and tries again. He flies. HE
FALLS AGAIN. HE GETS BACK UP AND TRIES
AGAIN. Rudy will struggle
and struggle but he will Never Quit. Throughout
the story Rudy is confronted with struggle
and fear; and with fear comes BONES!
Only belief, self confidence and courage
could conquer Bones.
lessons Rudy learns on his journey help
him to make the right choices. Rudy made
the choice to be around mentors who inspire
and encourage him and to stay away from
those who discourage him. WHEN
RUDY BEGAN TO RECEIVE THE RIGHT INFORMATION
HE HAD THE COURAGE, FAITH AND WISDOM TO
PURSUE HIS DREAM.
Lesson's for Young Champions: Choices and
Challenges will inspire children to make
the right choices and live their Dreams.