Happy Father's Day

Love You Dad

There are two lasting bequests we can give our children: one is roots, the other is wings. (Hodding Carter)

My dad is one of the most important people in my life. He's been there for me through thick and thin—and as I've grown up, our relationship has evolved.

When I was younger, we didn't always get along. My dad showed his love by enforcing rules and holding very high expectations. My swimming career provided plenty of opportunity for disagreements and bonding. A former collegiate (and nearly professional) football player, my dad knew the dedication required of great athletes. He taught me that incredible things would come if I believed in myself and worked really, really hard.

My dad's quirky sense of humor, strong opinions, amazing business sense and loving nature are just a few things that I love about him. The picture above is from my first visit to NYC. Dad was there on business and I flew up from Raleigh to explore the city for a day.

Even though we're currently living 2,000 miles apart, we are closer now than we've ever been. I know I can call him when I need advice or a shoulder to cry on. He sends me text messages of love and support that always make me smile. I feel incredibly lucky to call this man my dad.

Happy Father's Day!!

Happy Father's Day