Radford Dockery's commitment to children – his own and myriad others – has brought a Father of the Year award his way.
Committed Fathers Alliance (CFA), a non-profit organization dedicated to the enhancement of father-children relationships, tapped Dockery for the honor, selecting him from numerous nominations from across the United States recognizing worthy fathers for their dedication and commitment to their children and other children in the community.
The recognition is linked to those who nominated him, including his daughter, Raebin.
"My daughter told me she had written something on my computer about me, but I thought she was doing something for school and I did not pay any attention to it," said Dockery upon learning of the honor from the CFA selection committee.
"My dad does so many things for the community and the people in it and I love him for what he does," wrote Raebin Dockery. "He may not be the best or the perfect person in the world but who cares cause he is an outstanding father in my eyes."
While dedicated to other students, Raebin Dockery noted how her father is always there for her and continues to give guidance as she faces challenges in her life, moving towards graduation and then college.
In Memphis City Schools, Dockery is a big-time participant in Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) – the father involvement initiative of the National Center for Fathering.
Mary Saulsberry, a parent of a MCS student, also nominated him for the Father of the Year honor, detailing his love for the betterment of the community, the future of the students and especially his love for his children.
Besides Watch D.O.G.S., the selection committee pointed to Dockery's involvement in various other activities, such as fundraisers and other community events, and his determination to still play a part in the lives of his children.
This is CFA's 2nd Annual nationwide campaign for Father of the Year. Dockery was recognized Wednesday (June 13) at the National Partnership for Community Leaders (NPCL) Fatherhood Conference (in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) during the "Spirit of Fatherhood Hall of Fame Luncheon." The theme for the conference, which runs through Friday (June 15), is "Expanding Responsible Fatherhood and Healthy Family Program Connections."
Lance Dickson, founder and executive director of Committed Fathers Alliance, said, "For every bad father mentioned in the media there are at least 10 responsible fathers loving, caring, and being an active part in their children's lives. We are very pleased to be able to recognize a responsible father for a job well done."