Are you a dad with kids in sports? If so, you may be feeling a little left out lately. Not only did MomsTEAM celebrate May as Sports Moms Month, but Proctor and Gamble also launched their "Thank You Mom" campaign last month, with no companion campaign for dads.
We kept getting asked, would MomsTEAM give men equal time by designating June as Sports Dads Month, especially since we have so many male experts, bloggers and visitors?
The answer is a resounding YES!
Granted, we may be a little slow in wrapping up Sports Mom Month (two late blog posts just came in, one from Summer Sanders and one from Nancy Hogshead-Maker; must be all those gold medals they won in Olympic swimming that slowed them down!), but, now that June is here, it is time to officially announce that MomsTEAM has indeed designated June as Sports Dads Month. We so declare!
Everyone knows that Father's Day is the third Sunday in June. But it has to compete with a lot of stuff going on in June: graduations, weddings, the end of school for many, post-season tournaments, the U.S. Open golf tournament, the beginning of summer, and getting kids ready for sports camp and summer sports.
Despite the crowded calendar, MomsTEAM is excited to be able to recognize all month long the critical and important role fathers play, not just in the lives of their families, but in their communities and in the nation. To that end, we have asked 30 sports dads to answer the same series of questions we asked the moms last month.
We look forward to sharing their wisdom with you and know that you will come away from reading their blogs with a greater appreciation for the essential role dads play in raising sports active sons and daughters.
Right off the bat (pun intended) will be a blog featuring Dan Evans, father of two and former General Manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Look for blogs this month from, among others, a former professional soccer player, longtime coach, and father of three former elite soccer players, including an MLS superstar; an eight-time national water ski champion; an athletic trainer; a sociologist; and a sports journalist. I know I am looking forward with interest to contrasting and comparing their answers to those of our sports moms. I hope you are as well!
Just as we did in May, MomsTEAM will also be conducting a poll all month long asking all our dads to tell us what they see as their most important responsibility in raising an athletic son or daughter, so, if you are sports dad, we invite you to weigh in.
Brooke de Lench is Founder and Publisher of MomsTEAM.com and author of Home Team Advantage: The Critical Role of Mothers In Youth Sports (HarperCollins).