What was the most amazing part of it was that the main impetus for both events came from Dean Hood, the head football coach at Eastern Kentucky University.
As you can imagine, a Division 1 FB coach is pretty busy ... he has plenty on his plate already ... and yet he takes the time and the initiative to call, visit and invite people.
It once again proved to me the old adage, "If you want something done, ask someone who is already busy."
There were many inspiring-moving moments but 2 stood out in my mind:
-In his keynote Coach Hood said that the rate of fatherless homes has quadrupled over the past few decades. Within white families it was 6% not too long ago - now it is 24%. And within African-American homes it was 19% and now it is 67%.
-I had the honor of meeting Dean's wife Crystal for the first time. I was inspired by how much she loves her husband and how much she loves the work her husband does building up young men. There was "that same fire" in her eyes, that she loved being a part of something big, something truly worthwhile and how she offered up the sacrifices that come from it.
Thank you, Dean, from the bottom of my heart.