VIDEO: Father’s Pride Over Son’s Accomplishments Brings 10-Year-Old to Tears

BY: - 11 Jun '13 | Videos

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Rasan Raheim Portlock

Get your tissues ready….

The Grio  reports that during an interview with NBC’s chief education correspondent Rehema Ellis, 29-year-old Rasan Portlock brought tears to the eyes of his 10-year-old son Ryheim over his son’s academic achievement.

The father and son sat down with Ellis to talk about the academic improvements made at Devonshire Elementary School in Charlotte, N.C. Before the school district made positive changes to the system, Rasan had doubts about whether the school cared about Ryheim’s success, but now feels that the educators are working to bring out the best in his son.

“I didn’t know if they really cared about what they were teaching him or not,” he said. “Now you can tell that there’s more concern about the children’s growth. It’s more about learning, it’s an experience, it’s better. It’s about success.”

Rasan became visibly choked up as he shared his fatherly pride over his son’s progress. Ryheim, who once dreamt of becoming a doctor, now wants to be a genetic engineer. “He’s always had big dreams, from a child he always wanted to be something,” Rasan said.

“I get these big dreams from like when I read books,” said Ryheim. “When I read books from the library, I go like ‘Wow! I want to be this when I grow up.”

As the interview continues, Ryheim struggles to fight back tears as he listens to his father speak.

When asked why he’s crying, Ryheim explains that it is because “he [his father] really looks forward to me growing up and becoming…”

“Whatever you want to be,” Rasan says.

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10 WordPress comments on “VIDEO: Father’s Pride Over Son’s Accomplishments Brings 10-Year-Old to Tears


    This story is truly touching! Ms. Aja Dorsey Jackson, I would like to reach out to this family! I used to be that 10 year old who wanted to be a scientist and I achieved that dream!!! GOD IS GOOD!

  2. Eddie B

    As a man sometimes the main thing you wanna hear is “I’m proud of you”. And that starts from young. You can look at this and see why its important to get kids to read, his eyes are open and he believes in himself and his dad having his back is just awesome. I am loving it. Keep up the good work Aja!

      1. Andrey

        ?( 2012.02.23 23:48 ) : Hey would you mind stating which blog plfraotm you’re working with? I’m going to start my own blog soon but I’m having a difficult time choosing between BlogEngine/Wordpress/B2evolution and Drupal. The reason I ask is because your layout seems different then most blogs and I’m looking for something completely unique. P.S My apologies for being off-topic but I had to ask!

  3. Candace (NYStateofMoM)

    OMG definitely a Kleenex moment. That was so so sweet to watch and father’s pride and love for his son. This just shows what it does to a child to have the validation of his father along with the support of their school system. Beautiful story.

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VIDEO: Miami Heat Star Dwyane Wade, Rapper Lecrae, and President Obama Working to Restore Fatherhood in America

BY: - 13 Jun '13 | On the Web

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Father’s Day is here.  It is the one time of the year where the focus is on showing dad some love.  Much has been said about the important role a father plays in his children’s lives, and how important it is to have more engaged fathers.

Restoring America’s Commitment to Fatherhood

President Obama’s Fatherhood and Mentoring Initiative was created with the goal of encouraging fathers to be involved in their kids’ lives.  One organization is striving to keep the momentum of this initiative going with a challenge, and some celebrity help. was created with one goal in mind: restoring america’s commitment to fatherhood.

Leading the way in restoring fatherhood

Two founding collaborators of the “This is fatherhood campaign” are NBA player, and Miami Heat star, Dwyane Wade, and Grammy winning rap artist, Lecrae.  Both understand the importance of engaged fathers.

Lecrae grew up not knowing his father, and knows firsthand the challenges that come with that.  Wade recently fought to gain custody of his kids after going through a divorce.  Both of them are very active in their kids’s lives.

The Fatherhood Challenge

The “This is fatherhood campaign” kicked off this year with the 2013 Fatherhood Challenge Contest.  The Fatherhood Challenge is awarding cash prizes and a trip to Washington, D.C. to fathers who share what fatherhood means to them with a song, photo, video, or short essay.

The contest voting ended June 10th, but the entries submitted are available to see on their website.  Winners will be announced on Father’s Day at 12:00pm.

I’ve checked out some of the entries, and there are definitely some dad’s worthy of the love they’ll be getting this Father’s Day.

Above and below are videos created to support the campaign.  The videos above and below feature President Obama, D. Wade, and Lecrae.  Enjoy them and show some love and encouragement to the fathers you know.

Happy Father’s Day!

Question:  Will you support the campaign?  Will you help restore Fatherhood in America?  Start by leaving a comment sharing your love and encouragement to your father, your kid’s father, or a father who deserves it.

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Jackie is an author, blogger, and speaker who helps men better love their wives and lead their families. He is the creator of The 7 Rings of Marriage™. You can receive his latest BMWK posts in your inbox, plus his latest marriage and parenting posts from around the web by subscribing to his weekly newsletter!


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