A Father’s Promise: Local Professionals Push for Teens Success

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DALLAS, TX -- Some of us might know sports analyst Stephen A. Smith for his rather fiery first takes.

But, off the tube, the ESPN vet is delivering a very strong message to at-risk teens in DFW.

“You look at our society as a whole we constantly see one tragic story after another,” Smith explained.

“Lives are cut short whether it be incarceration or something fatal, or because of foolish actions.”

On Saturday, Smith and other area professionals tried to change those stats at A Father’s Promise held on Paul Quinn College Campus. The Program gives high- risk teens a chance at becoming high-performing young men.

The program’s founding fathers David Godsey and Justin Martin have promised to do everything they can to motivate maturing teens in the community.

“We hear so much about at high- risk kids and people have so many definitions of that and we kind of redefine it to say: You`re at risk if you`re not exposed to things you can do to be successful,” Godsey explained.

The day long convention inspired Kedrick Williams to believe in himself no matter what profession he wishes to pursue.

“I don`t need the tattoo`s or NFL or to be a rapper to be somebody,” Williams explained.

Well, there's no debate about that! Here`s to getting these young men on the right track and promising them a brighter and better future!

“You just feel like you have a responsibility to reach back and to do what you can because there isn`t a soul alive that`s successful in this world that didn't get a helping hand from somebody,” Smith added.