Olympian Gabby Douglas continues to be a source of pride and inspiration to all Americans, but especially African Americans. As impressive as Ms. Gabby is, I find myself even more awestruck by her single mother. It is not surprising that Natalie Hawkins had to sell her jewelry and declare bankruptcy in order to support her daughter's dreams. Her sacrifice clearly provided the foundation for Gabby's athletic success and is a road map for other parents to follow. Like Ms. Hawkins - you too can Raise A's!Success Strategy #1 - Go All InMany of the Olympic athletes had home video's of them training on the balance beam or in a pool as early as 3 or 5 years old. Long before their parents knew that their "Lil' Pumpkin" would grow up to become a world-class champion, they were 100% committed to making sure that their children consistently developed their gifts, talents and abilities. Get involved 100% with your kids. Go All In!Success Strategy #2 - Make your Home Success FriendlyJust as a rose cannot grow in a desert, children need a stable, organized environment in which to thrive. You can make small changes that will create an atmosphere in your home that is conducive to academic, athletic and personal success. Remember, you are the coach of a great team and your children are its star players.Success Strategy #3 - Find the Source for Every Resource In these tough economic times, it is not always easy to find money in the family budget for piano lessons or special programs. Become like Sherlock Holmes and you will discover a wealth of free or low-cost programs that will help your children reach their full potential. The Brooklyn Public Library has a literacy initiative for children: www.everychildreadytoread.org. The United Federation of Teacher's "Dial-A-Teacher" program offers free homework service for elementary and middle school children. www.uft.org or call (212) 777-3380.The most important resource you have to help your children succeed is your unconditional love, time and support. Be your children's coach and greatest cheerleader and you will help them believe that they can win. You can Raise A's!