What does fatherhood mean to you?

Fatherhood is the most important job that God blesses a man with. I believe it’s ordered by the 3 P’s:

Protect: As fathers we must protect our children from as much drama and undo stress as possible in their young life. A father has to teach love and discipline and guide his sons on the right path to follow as men. A woman is the only one that can birth a child. A father, a man is the one that can teach him how to be a man.

Provide: We as men want and can provide for our children. This means more than food, more than a roof, more than clothes. We must provide an understanding of the real world. We must set the foundation early for our sons on how to be a man for their own sons. It is, after all, a generational lesson. It is an honor to see your sons parent their children as you parented them.

Profess: Fathers must profess faith in their own beliefs and what brought them through difficult situations as young men.    - Billy

What is the best part of being a dad?

Seeing my children work hard and sometimes strive to be like me!    - BJ

What is your proudest moment as a dad?

It was when my youngest son came home from the NICU after spending four weeks in the hospital. The way my two older children embraced him and helped my wife and I through that process was amazing. It was then that I knew I was doing OK as a father. Today I am incredibly proud of the relationship my children have with each other.    - Corey 

What do you and your children do for fun?

My family runs a little league organization so we play sports together six days a week. They go from football to basketball to baseball and then finish with track. When we are not doing sports, my oldest son and I are looking up colleges he may want to attend. Right now, he’s stuck on North Carolina. My oldest daughter and I might be doing something craft related. With my youngest daughter and son, we wrestle together or color. Hopefully not on the walls! Ultimately we just try to enjoy time with each other.    - Corey

What is the hardest part about being a dad?

Learning when to let go. As toddlers, we are right there to catch them when they take those first steps. As men, we still want to catch them when they stumble. We must always watch them and be there if needed.    - Billy

What kind of a dad do you strive to be?

A dad that can be counted on in any situation. I may not always have the answer, but I will tell my children where to go to get it.    - BJ

Describe your funniest moment as a dad.

On vacation in Las Vegas I once said the kids “watch this is how the big wigs do it”. I then went to tip the valet by flipping out my wad of money and instead the bill tore in half. To this day, my kids still laugh at that  when they have a dollar bill in their hands they try to imitate that moment.    - BJ

What would you hope that your kids would say about you if asked what kind of a dad they have?

That I am a fun, loving dad who expects the best out of them.    - BJ

What is the most important piece of advice you’ve received about fatherhood?

My father once told me that all you can do is show them the way through love and support. At some point they have to make their own choices and hopefully you have guided them to the correct ones.    - Corey

What would you consider to be your most inspiring moment as a dad?

Being a part of their lives. Watching my sons and daughter teach their children love and discipline. It’s inspiring to see my boys lead their sons to become good men and, hopefully, great fathers some day.    - Billy

Seeing my oldest son earn a 4.0 GPA, get accepted into the National Honor Society and have a poem published after beginning elementary school two grade levels behind in reading.    - Corey

Billy Richardson is a father to BJ and Corey as well as his daughter Nakeshia. BJ is a proud father of five and Corey a father of four. All three men are managers and coaches with the Aurora Crush youth league.

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