Daddy and Me
Date with Dad Weekend 2015 – #dwdrva
A girl’s father is one of the most influential people in her life, from infant to toddler to tween to teen. A father, dad, poppa, daddy, granddad, whatever a girl may call her father figure – he has such a big impact on a little girl’s development into a strong, confident woman.
Recent studies from the University of Canterbury and Vanderbilt University show that fathers provide unique benefits to their daughters through their active and positive presence from the time of birth through adulthood. In fact, numerous studies have reached the same conclusion: Children with involved fathers have an advantage — socially and academically — over children with distant or no relationships with their dads. “We found that fathers who are involved with their children have children with fewer problems,” says Maureen Black, PhD, a researcher and professor of pediatrics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. “That added involvement from a father helps children tremendously.”
According to a study at the University of Illinois, children with fathers who take the time to ask about what they learned in school and their day-to-day social activities and relationships do better in school than kids who don’t have that kind of input or interest. And it’s important to note that this father figure doesn’t have to be a biological father in order for children to benefit. It can be an adoptive father, stepdad, or an adult male in the household.
Richmond, Virginia based CAMP DIVA and Girls For A Change truly understand the vital role a father plays in a girl’s life from childhood to adulthood. They have partnered together to form a Girl Action Team to launch Date With Dad. Fathers and daughters will once again gather in Central Virginia to walk, run, play, dance, and just have fun during the 2015 Date With Dad Weekend, Friday, March 20-Sunday, March 22, 2015. And not only will the weekend’s events be attended by Richmond native, actor Chad L. Coleman, a cast member of the top rated cable television show, AMC’s “The Walking Dead,” since 2012, but other celebrities will join him for this star-studded weekend.
Nationally Syndicated Radio Personality, Tom Joyner, known as “The Fly Jock,” will also be in attendance for the Date With Dad Weekend. Joyner, whose morning show recognizes and awards fathers weekly during his “Real Fathers Real Men” segment, will speak to incarcerated fathers as part of one of the Date With Dad events, and he will also publicly encourage fathers and daughters to attend the weekend. Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter of The Roots, a critically acclaimed hip hop/neo soul band (house band for late night talk show host Jimmy Fallon since 2009), will also support the weekend with some special words for the fathers and daughters in attendance, and the announcement of a special father-daughter health initiative.
The entire weekend, presented by Camp Diva, a non-profit program founded in Richmond, which is now part of the national non-profit organization Girls For A Change (GFAC), is aimed at bringing fathers and daughters together, but also presents events in which the entire family can participate. Date With Dad began as a dance in 2008 when girls participating in a social change project as part of a Camp Diva/GFAC program planned the first event.
According to Girls For A Change CEO and Camp Diva Founder/Director, Angela Patton, the girls’ goal was not only to “spend more time with their fathers,” but also “to create an event where everyone was welcome, regardless of organization affiliation, age, race, or even geography.”
The entire 2015 Date With Dad Weekend schedule is as follows:
ACTIVE DADS: FRIDAY, MARCH 20, 2015, 6 – 9 p.m. This hip hop-themed evening, open to fathers/father figures and daughters (ages 5 and up), is all about having fun while playing games, being active and learning how to stay fit while spending some quality time together. Previous events have featured Kick Boxing, Twister, Cheerleading, Hula Hooping, Zumba, and a demonstration on how to prepare healthy snacks.
UNDERSTANDING DAD: FRIDAY, MARCH 20, 2015, 6 – 9 p.m. There’s something for women too! While dads and daughters are active at Active Dads, moms and caregivers are encouraged to attend a conversation moderated by “Miss Community Clovia” Clovia Lawrence of 99.3/105.7 Kiss FM aimed at helping women better understand their role in supporting the relationship between daughters and their fathers.
UNDERSTANDING DAD – PT.2: SATURDAY, MARCH 21, 2015, 1:30 – 3 p.m. While dads spend time with the children at the VCU Wellness Block Party, moms and caregivers are encouraged to attend part two of a conversation aimed at helping women better understand their role in supporting the father-daughter relationship. Actor Chad L. Coleman will be a special guest.
The special event “A Dance of their Own: A Father-Daughter Dance in Jail” will be held on Saturday, March 21 at the Richmond City Jail. This event is closed to the public. This dance is aimed at bringing fathers residing in the jail together with their daughters for special, uninterrupted time together in a community-like environment similar to the Date With Dad Dinner and Dance. This marks the first time the Richmond City Jail will host this event in its newly-opened facility.
DASH FOR DADS 5K: SATURDAY, MARCH 21, 2015, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. The entire family/community is encouraged to walk/run together to show support for fathers everywhere, and then attend a free health fair. Suggested donation of $5 benefits the CAMP DIVA Summer Retreat Scholarship fund.
Bonus Family Event – Open to the Public: Saturday, March 21, 2015, 6 – 8 p.m. “Finding Chris, My Father” Stage Play at Trinity Family Life Center, 3601 Dill Road, Richmond, VA 23222
8th Annual Date with Dad DINNER AND DANCE: SUNDAY, MARCH 22, 2015, 4:30 p.m. Special Celebrity Guest: Actor Chad L. Coleman
Hosted by “Miss Community Clovia” Clovia Lawrence of Richmond’s 99.3/105.7 Kiss FM, this event will feature dinner, live entertainment, contests, prizes, photos, special guests, and of course, lots of dancing. Actor and Richmond native Chad L. Coleman of the hit AMC series “The Walking Dead” returns to interview dads and daughters on the red carpet, and help Camp Diva honor five dads with Real Father Awards. Garth Callaghan, the “Napkin Notes” dad will also participate, while Actor and Comedian Antoine Scott, and Comedian Micah ‘Bam-Bamm’ White will perform and entertain the fathers and daughters as well.
This wonderful weekend is a great time for all fathers and daughters to strengthen their relationships and really make a profound difference on the relationships of the men in our lives.
For more information on events, including registration and tickets, visit: http://www.campdiva.org.
I want my unborn son to be like my daddy
I want my husband to be like my daddy
There is no one else like my daddy
And I thank you for loving me
Father and Daughter
The bond between father and daughter happens instantly, starting right at birth, When a father first lays eyes on his little girl he loves her more than anything on this earth, When a daughter grows older her father is the first man she will love, And the last one her father will have trouble letting go of, In her eyes he is the closest thing to God, in her eyes he is a King, To her father she means the world, she means everything.
When a daughter grows up to be an adult and mature, Her father will always be there anytime she still needs dad to help her, To give her advice or just-for anything she will ever need, The bond between father and daughter is the most important bond indeed, It cannot be broken when she finds a man, and become his wife, It cannot be broken even in the ending of either ones life, A daughter will always have the memories of her father, her best friend This bond has a beginning, but there is never an end.
The bond between a father and daughter is so profound The love shared is well renowned, From the beginning of his daughter’s life, he is a changed man, At that moment his life really just began. From the moment their eyes meet, Two souls instantly become complete.