Aaliyah Powell grew up watching her sisters compete at a high level; she saw the dedication and perseverance it takes to be a world-class athlete. The thing that impressed us while watching the video wasn't her talent as an athlete; it was the influence of those around her. The concept of having a strong support system in place to help nurture children isn't a new one.
As educators, we should be looking for opportunities to uplift and encourage our students. Just think how differently things could have turned out if that first Master hadn't taken the time to test her and tell her parents she had a natural ability.
Take the time to talk to your parents, nurture and uplift your students, find those champions that might not know their worth.