In Honor of Father’s Day
Research shows that 72% of the U.S. population believes fatherlessness is the biggest problem in local communities. Plus that fatherlessness is so serious that it causes 90 percent of all homeless and runaway youth.
However, as June 20th Father’s Day approaches, we are glad to highlight a few good men working on the frontlines to succeed in life and business and be successful at being great fathers who will leave behind a lasting legacy for their children. Here’s to being a dad.
Meet Justin Watson, Retired NFL Rams Player, and Super Bowl Winner. Here’s what he had to say about Fatherhood.
“Prior to being a dad, I envisioned time and time again the love I would have for my children and how I would nurture them. Fast forward to now, after experiencing and living as a father I now know I had no clue that I could love the way I love them. The feeling is insurmountable! So, when I think about my company BLQK Coffee, which is designed to build legacies for our future queens and kings, my children are the driving force, as I want to build those legacies for them as well. There’s not a day that goes by where I don’t feel blessed and favored to be a father.”
Watson shared that being a father also makes him want to make the world a better place. That’s why BLQK Coffee https://blqk.coffee/ is committed to pouring 25 percent of profits into supporting social justice initiatives and programs for disadvantaged youth.
Watson first fell in love with coffee during his pro-football days when coaches continued to catch him falling asleep during play-review meetings. Now he has a company with products sourced out of Africa, helping the women-owned farming community, then sold to people of all colors in the U.S.
Meet Fred Spencer, Co-Founder of AYO Foods, a company that brings authentic West-African cuisine to U.S. Grocers like Whole Foods. Here’s what he had to share about being a dad.
“Initially, I was very fearful of being a father. However, since becoming a father, it has been the most rewarding thing in my life. My girls are growing up to be very strong independent young women. My wife and I sacrifice a lot for their future, including providing them with a strong educational foundation. I was fortunate enough to marry a woman who believed in the same dreams for our children, so together, the things we have sacrificed have been relatively easy for us. Our dream is to send two thoughtful, caring, and compassionate women into this world, and so far, I believe we are on the right track.
“Now when it comes to leaving a legacy, I believe the legacy lies within the experiences we are giving our kids as they see us creating AYO Foods to be a successful brand. When we first showed the girls that AYO Foods had made it to the grocery shelves, our youngest daughter asked if she was part of AYO Foods. It caught both my wife and I off guard, as we both responded “of course.” I extended my response by saying, all of those days you and your sister spent sitting in the car at the plant doing your schoolwork, while your mother and I were busy working in the plant is an example of your contribution. I said, we couldn’t have gotten to this point without having two thoughtful children that didn’t mind sitting alone without complaining.”
Spencer when on to share that companies, assets, things can come and go. However, the experiences and memories of the hard work is the legacy.
To learn more about Justin Watson and his company, visit https://blqk.coffee/.
To learn more about Fred Spencer and his company, visit https://ayo-foods.com/.
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