Father’s Day

by Katie Donovan on June 15, 2014 at 11:45 am

Father’s Day usually involves cookouts, backyard games of catch and football, and of course, spending time with Dad.

The holiday was founded at a YMCA in Spokane, Washington back in 1910. We took to the Muskingum Family Y to ask area dads what Father’s Day means to them.

"It’s important to spend time with your children," said Patrick McGovern, a father of three.  "I think speding time with your children helps mold them into the men they’ll become."    

Jim Stant said, "I never wanted to be a dad, honestly, up until I met my wife. So, to me, anytime I get a chance to hang out with my sons and my family, it’s good."

Daniel Witherow shared, "I believe it’s very important for kids to know their fathers, know who their fathers are, and (for fathers) to have an active role in their kids’ lives."

Fred Matthews has four kids of his own and has also spent a lot of his time working with other youth in the area as a coach and mentor.  The mentality of giving back is something that was instilled in him by his parents from an early age.

"It just reminds me of the great mom and dad that I had growing up in West Virginia. Every day and every night before I go to bed and when I get up, I think about my mom and dad."

If you’d like to learn more about father-son programs available in the area, you can visit the forever dads website at www.foreverdads.com.