Course Enrollment - Rudy's Lessons for Young Champions - Leadership by Rudy Ruettiger 100

Course Enrollment - Rudy's Lessons for Young Champions - Leadership by Rudy Ruettiger 100  
Course Description


  • Young Champions 4LSP


Introduction to the Four Life Success Principles


-       CHARACTER - A person of character makes the choice to do the right thing.  They are responsible for their actions.  They maintain a positive attitude.  They encourage others to be their best.  They live by a strong value system and a solid, unwavering belief system.  They show care and respect for other people and have high integrity.  They are fair, trustworthy, and a good citizen.

-       COURAGE - A person of courage is humble yet shows the strength, fortitude, and discipline to stand by their convictions especially when under pressure to compromise their values.  They focus on the positive side of life and have the faith and determination to persevere when things get tough.  When they get knocked down they get back up.

-       CONTRIBUTION - Giving back. Teamwork. Using your talents in a positive manner to make a difference (no matter how big or small) for a particular purpose, which ultimately is of benefit to the whole. 

-       COMMITMENT - Making the decision to follow through on a dream, goal, idea, or mission regardless of the challenges and obstacles.  Staying on Track.


  • Young Champions 12Lessons


Introduction to The Twelve Lessons

1. Develop Your Dream and Set Realistic Goals
2. Get Advice and Good Information from Mentors who Believe in Your Dream
3. Listen to Good Positive Music, Read Positive Books, and Watch Positive Movies
4. Hang Out with Friends that Encourage You, Not Friends that Put You Down
5. Always Be a Good Example for Others
6. Inspire Others to Be Their Best
7. Believe in Yourself and Take Action
8. Prepare for Your Dream, Focus, and Achieve Your Goals Step by Step
9. Use Anger in a Positive Way to Help You Overcome Your Struggles and Do Something Good
10. Develop Courage, Faith, and Wisdom and Go For Your Dream
11. Have a Yes I Can Attitude
12. Never Quit!



  • Young Champions C1


“Rudy’s Lessons for Young Champions”



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.

Rudy becomes confused. He starts to feel like he could be a Wind Dancer, but he is not around the RIGHT MENTORS to 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 the "YES I CAN" attitude. But, that is not enough...

At 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!

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 was painful!

Acting 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.

Upon his death, Bellows whispered to Rudy, "Never let your Dream die, Rudy. NEVER, EVER 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".

RUDY 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!

Rudy 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.

The 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.



  • Young Champions C2


Read the Course Text “Rudy’s Lessons for Young Champions”


  • Young Champions AWARD


Submit all necessary materials. This includes:

o   Registration Form

o   Photo/Headshot

o   Completion of all Badges and Certificates

o   Complete the Individual Action Plan Form

o   2-3 Page Essay – What is your plan to make a positive impact in your own life? What is your plan to inspire others every day? What is your Dream and what GOALS can you set to help get you closer to your Dream? What struggles are you facing and how do you overcome them? Who are the mentors in your life and how have they inspired you?

o   Submit a 2-3 minute Video- State your NAME, AGE, and SCHOOL. Discuss the important points of your essay. Email a link of your video to

o   3 Nomination Forms- from teachers, coaches, or mentors. Family members cannot submit nomination forms on your behalf.

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