A happy Father's Day greeting to all. Speaking of Father's Day, former heavyweight champ Ken Norton was twice voted as "Father of the Year" by the Los Angeles Times and the Los Angeles Sentinel in 1977. To quote from Norton's biography entitled Believe: Journey from Jacksonville: The award he was given (Father of the Year) was just as prestigious as the belt he earned in the ring beating Ali. "That award said volumes and was a wake-up call for all those fathers who had abandoned their responsibilities...Of all the titles that I've been privileged to have, the title of 'dad' has always been the best" Norton remarked.
[Related: National Center for Fathering]
P.S. In an interview with EdMagic TV in 2010, Norton discussed his book noted above. To quote Norton from the interview: It (the book) explains how I got involved in boxing and how positive I was with Napoleon Hill (by reading his classic best-seller Think and Grow Rich). I would like to say that God gave me a second chance (surviving a near-fatal car accident) and through me he gave a message that no matter how hard things get, if you believe in him anything is possible. I just felt that if I could tell my life story that some other person would read it and see that I came from a small town with nothing and that you can still reach your goals - with your mind, through God and through believing in yourself. See the entire interview below where Ken discusses how he handled severe adversity from the near-fatal car accident noted above.
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