We believe in inspiring others to crave activity, and we owe a lot of our drive and inspiration to the men who inspired us over the years - our dads.
Whether it's Gramps, Uncle, Coach, Mentor, or Father - Father's Day is about taking a moment to say thank you to the men in our lives who have taken the time to help mold us to be the people we are today. Picking us up when we stumble, giving advice, perfecting our swing, teaching us how to use power tools, or just being there to listen - we owe these men a lot!
Here's a little snapshot of some of the men who have inspired us over the years:
Growing up at the beach, there was a lot of running around and action as a kid and my dad was there every step of the way. Whether it was learning how to bodysurf, ride a bike, or in later years, share advice – my dad was and still is always there to help.
I learned a lot of amazing lessons from him about hard work, treating everyone with respect and kindness, and bringing fun and a good sense of humor to whatever you are doing. I could think of no better man to learn from or look up to than my Dad!
If you ever want a cheap joke, just start a conversation with my dad - he's got a lot up his sleeve. But that's his charm - he's always in it to make someone laugh, even if that someone is him!
My parents like many others got me involved in way too many extracurriculars - but I tended to gravitate towards the ones that made my dad the most proud. Making my dad proud was the best feeling in the world - and he was always there helping me along the way. Whether that be coaching my soccer team as a kid or bringing me to the field early to practice my headers before a big game. He never missed a home game all the way through my college field hockey years. Thanks, Dad! -Steens
One of my earliest memories is when my dad turned me in to the local jail after I stole a pack of gum from the grocery store - it was a pretty heavy lesson to learn at six years old, but it really stuck.
Of course my dad kept the life lessons coming as I got older - that was his style. He taught me integrity through the game of golf. He "toughened" me up during the summer of my freshman year at Davidson by encouraging me join the carpenters union and take a hard construction job in NYC. He taught me the art of wood-working in his wood shop on Daufuskie Island in South Carolina - he even helped me build the surfboard I gave my wife, Kristina, when I proposed. Thanks for all the unforgettable life lessons, Dad. I can't wait to return the favor to my kids one day! -Lofty