By George Muha
I try to be a good father. Work extra hours to pay for my kids mobile phones. I let them win when we play basketball in the drive-way – at least I used to when they were younger. Give them a few bucks when they go out with their friends.
Compared to Brian Sudol, I suck.
Over the past two years Brian has taken his son Ryan to 41 different football, girls lacrosse, boys lacrosse, boys soccer, girls basketball, boys basketball and hockey games. Some of those games were so cold that he was one of only a handful of people in attendance, or so bad that even parents of the players left early. But Brian was religiously on his son’s side and never, ever complained.
You see, Brian’s son Ryan – who will be graduating high school this June – has a dream of becoming a sports broadcaster covering Division 1 college sports one day. Many of those reading this know of Ryan because over the past few yeas he’s been working as an intern, and now as an employee, for Morris Sussex Sports in an effort to build experience and his resume in the world of sports broadcast journalism. Ryan is well on his way as he’s created his own wildly popular Football Fanatics Show and does a lot of the play-by-play commentary for our broadcasts.
But without Brian Sudol, there wouldn’t be a Ryan Sudol. You see just about every time you see Ryan in front of the camera, it is Brian who is behind the camera shooting the video. And if you know Ryan, he isn’t just doing side line reporting. He’s climbing over people in the stands to get that perfect interview in the middle of the student section. Or he’s standing in front of where the players run out of the tunnel of cheerleaders. Or he’s reporting from inside the snackshack, interviewing the booster club volunteers. All the while, Brian is graciously shooting the video to make sure Ryan is portrayed in the best light.
It’s not easy to be a parent. It requires a lot of sacrifice. Look, there are fathers that are so drug addicted, over whelmed or just so selfish they are non-existent in their kids lives. It’s a hard job. But how in the world are the kids of these men supposed to grow up without the love that comes from a father who cares? These so-called fathers leave behind warped lives of blameless children in their wake. Then think of Brian Sudol. Lovingly driving his son out to 41 sporting events and holding his video camera so his son can do everything he can to pursue his dream. And the positive impact that is having on his boy.
On this Father’s Day Sunday, perhaps you can think of a father you know that is walking the walk – like Brian – and give them their a little shout out.
Brian, way to raise the bar my friend. Happy Fathers Day!