In 1997, I was the coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. I was having a fun year on the football field, but several of our coaches used to take walks after practice and discuss what was going on, not necessarily with the team, but with our families. One of the things we came up with was we could us tips, little pointers, reminders of how we could be better. It’s amazing to see how it’s developed from that one thought process in 1997, the idea that men have to work hard to be good dads. You want to put the same energy you do at work into your most important job, which is being a father.
The most important offshoot we’ve had from the time that we started All Pro Dad has been the All Pro Dad’s Day breakfasts. Once a month, fathers go to their kid’s schools, a restaurant, or somewhere else and have breakfast with their kids. It gives them the experience of being together and it’s been fantastic. These have branched out all over the country and I get letters, cards, and tweets from people telling me how special that has been.
We have been fortunate to team up with the PTA because PTA’s have understood how beneficial it is when dads get on the school campuses and become involved with the school and their kids. They have teamed up with us because it really has been important. It’s exciting to see greater involvement from fathers. The more that they are there with their kids, the better the schools seem to run, and the better their kids do in school.
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