Monthly Archives: April 2016

#198 – Benjamin Watson

The Life of Dad Show - Episode 198 - Benjamin Watson

Tommy Riles and Art Eddy talk about family and community gardens, fun things to do with the kids, some baseball, and then they bring on Baltimore Ravens tight end, Benjamin Watson.

Benjamin Watson makes a name for himself on the football field, but it is the work he does off the field that is more impressive. Benjamin and his wife, Kirsten created One More Foundation. Their mission is to be a vehicle to carry the hope and love of Christ to those in their community who need it most, while understanding that the best and most efficient way to reach people’s hearts is by first meeting their physical needs. They want to be a blessing to those around them. They look to help existing charities or initiating programs of their own.

With his caring and giving attitude he is a great role model for his five children. He looks to share those values with his children and be an inspiration to them. Watson and his family are preparing for a new chapter in their lives since he recently went from playing for the New Orleans Saints to now playing for the Baltimore Ravens this upcoming season.

In 2015, Benjamin Watson published his first book, Under Our Skin: Getting Real About Race- And Getting Free From The Fears and Frustrations That Divide Us. The book is part memoir and part social commentary. Under our Skin offers a look at both sides of the race debate and appeals to the power and possibility of faith as a step toward healing. It’s a bold new path for us to follow as we come together to talk about the truths, myths, and realities of racial conflict.

We had the great pleasure of talking with Benjamin about his foundation, football, moving to Baltimore, and fatherhood.

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#197 – Jim Calhoun

The Life of Dad Show - Episode 197 - Jim Calhoun

Tommy Riles and Art Eddy talk March Madness, April Fools pranks, kid’s jokes, and they even come up with new nicknames for each other. After that the guys welcome legendary men’s basketball coach, Jim Calhoun.

Jim Calhoun has coached for 40 years. In his outstanding coaching career he has won 873 games and three National Championships. Calhoun‘s life experiences had a huge impact on his coaching style. At the age of 15 Jim lost his father. Jim knew that he had to take up the role of being the man of the house when his father passed away. During that time he learned the values of hard work and sacrifice. As a coach he taught all of those values to his players. Calhoun‘s success doesn’t just show up in the college game, but the professional level as well. Twenty-six of Calhoun‘s players from UConn have played in the NBA.

Jim and his wife Pat are setting an example off the court too. They host the annual Calhoun Classic Weekend features a Celebrity Charity Basketball All-Star Game and Celebrity Classic Golf Tournament with proceeds benefiting the Pat and Jim Calhoun Cardiology Center at UConn. The Calhoun Classic has raised millions that support various organizations. Calhoun also hosts the Jim Calhoun Cancer Challenge Ride and Walk to benefit the organizations who research ways to beat cancer.

Jim has two sons and six grandchildren. The guys chat with Jim about college hoops, fatherhood, and why being a grandpa is so cool.