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Geoffrey Canada
Geoffrey Canada
Mark Shriver
Mark Shriver
Mark Shriver looking up to Amaríe Stoudemire
Mark Shriver looking up to Amaríe Stoudemire

Stacy Berns and daughter Nicole, 12, meet Amaríe Stoudemire, New York Knicks basketball coach, and Kevin Willis, retired basketball player from the Dallas Mavericks
Stacy Berns and daughter Nicole, 12, meet New York Knick Amaríe Stoudemire,
and Kevin Willis, retired basketball player from the Dallas Mavericks

To Become An Outstanding Father
You Have To Have The Right Wife

LL six men, who received Father of the Year Awards from the National Fatherís Day Council in June at the New York Sheraton, agreed that the most important thing you can do is marry well.

"If you have the right partner whoís a great mom, it makes dad look pretty good," said Randall Stephenson, chairman and CEO of AT&T.

"I agree," said Brendan Hoffman. "And also wear clean underwear." Thatís not surprising coming from the president and CEO of Lord & Taylor.

Geoffrey Canada, president and CEO of Harlem Childrenís Zone, shot back: "Iím glad that clean underwear isnít just a black thing."

Canada added, ""I try to be the kind of father I wished my father wasówork hard, be respectful, honor your elders, take care of your mother."

Jim Boeheim, head coach of Syracuse University menís basketball team, confessed: "What my wife has done with our kids is why Iím here." Moreover, he said, when his kids heard he was up for this award, they were 2 on 2 whether he deserved it.

"Iím not married yet," said Amaríe Stoudemire, the New York Knicks captain, who has three children, "but I agree you have to have a great partner to raise your children. My father instilled in me to be a man and take care of your family"

Mark Shriver, senior vice president of Save the Childrenís U.S. programs, presented the Father of the Year Awards to the group. As Stoudemire, who towers over Shriver at 6-foot-10, accepted his award he said, "There you go, shorty."

Robert Evans, of Simpsonville, Kentucky, received the All-Star Dad Award.

After Evans lost his first daughter Hanna to cancer in 2005, he dived into charitable endeavors in her memory. He started Hannaís Day of Hope, a foundation that sends computers to the cancer wing of Kosair Childrenís Hospital. This year he and his wife Jennifer raised one million dollars to found the Hanna Catherine Evans Bone Marrow Transplant Program. He still finds time to be a devoted dad to Sarah, Grace and Davis.

Now in its 70th year, the National Fatherís Day Committee is part of the Fatherís Day/Motherís Day Council. See www.momanddadday.com. Shriverís Save the Childrenís U.S. Programs strives to break the cycle of poverty and improve the lives of some 78,000 children. More information at www.savethechildren.org/usa.

Stuart Goldblatt is president of the National Father's Day/Mother's Day Council and chairman of the National Father's Day Committee. In another life he is executive vice president of Macy's Merchandising Group.

He praised Joe Rivers, who is retiring as executive director of the National Father's Day Committee, and gifted him with the requisite watch.

Now that Joeís retired, why would he need a watch? It would make more sense to give him a watch when he first came on the job 16 years ago.




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