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Craig Krenzel to speak at All Pro Dads breakfast

| March 11, 2014

COSHOCTON – The Coshocton County Fatherhood Initiative will be hosting an all-county breakfast featuring guest speaker, Craig Krenzel, 2003 Ohio State National Championship Quarterback, on March 15 at River View High School. Cost is $5 per ticket for breakfast. There will be a chance to win prizes, autographed footballs, and the possibility of a photo op with Craig as well as a short message to dads about their importance to their children. Tickets can be purchased at any local elementary school. You will have to have a ticket in advance to attend.

Part of Craig’s story will be about being in the right place at the right time. However, there are significant moments in a young person’s life that shape the opportunities that we are presented with. Typically, these “shapings” come from parents, coaches, teachers and the mentors in our lives. Typically, the one who takes center stage in all of this is dad. Craig notes that it is these people that equip all of us to step on the “Stage of Life” and do the great things that we accomplish.

Having a father or father figure involved in a child’s life can be the single most important predictor for better outcomes for children. Children who grow up in fatherless homes are many times more likely than other children to end up homeless, drop out of high school, use drugs, and have other behavioral problems. On the other hand, according to a study by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, children who have involved, caring fathers have better educational outcomes, are less likely to get in trouble and are more comfortable expressing their emotions. The Fatherhood Initiative is teaming up with The Department of Job and Family Services to raise awareness about the importance of fathers being part of their children’s lives. We encourage you to use these family-strengthening resources to become an All Pro Dad in your children’s lives.

The All Pro Dad Father and Kids Event is a football-themed event of All Pro Dad, the fatherhood program of Family First, a national non-profit organization based in Tampa, Florida. All Pro Dad was launched with the help of former Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Indianapolis Colts head coach Tony Dungy in 1997. All Pro Dad features almost 60 NFL players, coaches, and alumni who encourage men to be good fathers.

Your local Initiative has teamed with local schools, social service providers, churches and businesses in order to bring Craig Krenzel to Coshocton with a positive message at this event for your families. According to local chairpersons William Johnson and Casey Wright, anyone can be an All-Pro-Dad by simply being invested in your children’s lives. The notion that you are not special or as significant as a Pro-Sports athlete is entirely wrong.

“When I spend 10-15 minutes reading to my children, at that moment in time they think I am the most important person in their lives,” said Wright.

Mr. William Johnson concurred with this statement noting, “We make significant impacts on our children that make life-long memories in the small moments we spend with our children all along the way as they grow up.”

This event will sell out, so please get your tickets well in advance for the March 15 breakfast. Doors will open at 7:20 a.m. with father-children games starting approximately 8 a.m. Door prizes will be given away throughout the event, so come early to maximize your opportunities to participate in a rewarding day! Come and make a great memory in your children’s lives!

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