As a father, I am often saddened by the lack of positive role-models. This is a conversation I have had with many fathers and mothers. Our current media age makes this process harder because we do not often hear the stories that provide examples of courage, strength, fortitude, love, and hope from role-models. In the age of Honey Boo Boo, I was losing hope.
Today while watching Sports Center on ESPN, I was happy to be introduced to a man who is worthy of the title “Role-Model” or “Hero”. During this time, when there are so many things wrong within professional sports, it is refreshing to hear a story and meet an athlete that is worthy of my 5-year-old daughter’s admiration.
O.J. Brigance is a Baltimore Raven, a hero, a role-model, and has lived with ALS for the past fiver years and beating the odds. According to the ALS Association, nearly 5600 a year, in the United States, are diagnosed with ALS.
Have you found positive role-models for your children? Share with us in the responses below, and let me introduce you to one I found: Meet O.J. Brigance.
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