Tag: ‘father figure’


Guest Essay by Caryn Brooks: “You deserve it”

Michele Weldon | July 10, 2011

As wrestling parents we all make hard choices. My children, especially Sam, have been given amazing opportunities because of wrestling. I would like to be there as they take advantage of those things, but it’s not always possible.


On Being extraordinary in wrestling and life: Coach Powell

Michele Weldon | July 5, 2011

See for yourself in this video why being on this team with this coach is an extraordinary experience for the young men on the team, including all three of my sons. Coach Powell talks about the coaches, the Oak Park-River Forest High School Huskies wrestling team, recent 2010 grad Charlie Johnson, and how any man can be extraordinary. Listen to senior Brian Toldeo talk about how wrestling changed his life. Watch Chris Ellis embrace Coach Powell. And maybe you can understand why it is about much more than wrestling.


It’s Father’s Day at Every House

Michele Weldon | June 19, 2011

The truth is many men need to step up to their responsibilities. It is not a class issue, a race issue or even a generational issue. It is a human rights issue.
Today my oldest son forwarded me an email from the head of a much bigger household. Barack Obama, himself raised by a single mother in the absence of a father, writing from the White House.


OPRFHS Wrestler Colin Rogers on Training, Coach Powell, Winning and Losing

Michele Weldon | December 17, 2009

My youngest son, Colin, talks about the importance of Coach Powell as a father figure in his life,the hard work of wrestling and the thrill of winning.