Today is the special day dedicated to showering our dads with appreciation for all they have done (and continue to do) for us. A dad is someone who is always there to offer love, parental guidance, humor, friendship and unwavering support. In honor of Father’s Day, the SLE Fam is sharing some of the many ways our dads have helped shape our lives. Join the conversation and tell us why you love your dad in the comments. Happy Father’s Day to all of the dads out there!

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“My dad has always played a very influential part in my life and is my biggest role model. We have shared many memories that I will cherish like going to the NBA Hall of Fame when I was a kid, to being the “cool dad” chaperone on many field trips, to even as recently taking me and my uncle to the Super Bowl to watch the Patriots we have always had the opportunity to share very special times. One of the quotes that my dad taught me and I will never forget is, “in life, you can’t pick and choose the cards that you are dealt, but you can choose how you play the hand.” This has taught me that there is no need to complain or live in the past, use what you have learned and move forward with what you’ve got. Happy Father’s day Pops.” –Ricky Levitt, New Business Development Coordinator

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“My dad has taught me that family is first no matter what… Also, to work hard for the things you want in life and always have a plan. Something funny about my dad is that to this day, whenever he leaves a message for me, he leaves his phone number as if I don’t know it, lol!” –Jamie LeVine, Chief Communications Officer

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“It’s definitely hard to choose one thing that I love about my dad’s, but I love them for how absolutely supportive they are and that they are always there for me no matter what; and with that they have both encouraged me to always be myself. They’re truly the greatest I could’ve asked for.” –Jolee, Public Relations Intern

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“I think the best thing I learned from my dad was how important family was. He always found a way to put family before himself, and sacrificed a lot for us all. Love him for many reasons, but I think that has to be one of the major ones.” –Garrett Perez, Talent Coordinator

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“There isn’t anyone in the world I admire more than my dad. He is such a genuine, loving, open-minded person, and I feel incredibly blessed to be his daughter. He’s taught me so much about life, humility, caring for others, and the undying dedication and love parents have for their children. He sees life as a gift and inspires others to do the same, yet doesn’t take life too seriously. He has a fantastic sense of humor that added so much color to my childhood. I wouldn’t be who I am today without his influence. Happy Father’s Day, Dad!” –Jacqueline Soto, Public Relations and New Media Coordinator

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“My dad has taught me so many important things to remember in life, like being responsible in anything I do and finding a balance in life. Without his lessons and life advice, I probably wouldn’t know much. Best memory I have with my dad is always going to Native to watch the Bear’s games! Thanks for supporting me and everything you have done for me dad.” –Katelyn Greno, Social Media Coordinator

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“Papa Kev transformed me into the man I am today. I love that he is not afraid to sing out loud in public, he is not intimidated by anyone and he truly cares about everyone. He creates a party out of nothing and is always down for a good time. Every morning, he has a smile on his face and he is always ready to give the next person one. In his last year of bartending, I was bartending along his side. I don’t think any other father son duo can say they’ve slung some drinks back to back before. Today, he is the West Coast Regional Sales Manager for Sturm, Ruger Firearms. Needless to say, I have a cool dad and I am a proud son.” –Jake Morgan, Graphic Designer

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“I love my Dad because he is always there to make me laugh and put a smile on my face. He has taught me that hard work and dedication will always pay off!” –Taylor Kuykendall, Event Coordinator

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“I love my dad because he has always put me and my brothers first in life. Now I know that sounds cliché, because as a parent, you should do that, but he has always gone that extra mile. When I was 14, I began my first job working in the sports industry, and for the better part of 3 days a week, over the course of 2 years, he would drive me 45 min each way to and from downtown so I can do what I enjoyed. Now this took serious commitment on his part, because on those days, he would have to go to his very own job at 4:00am, in order to leave early and chauffeur me to the city by 4:00pm. Then every night, following my shift, there he was, waiting outside at 10:00pm to drive me back home.” –Shaun Stanhibel, Talent Manager

To everyone reading, be sure to make dad feel extra special today. It’s the one day of the year that is dedicated to celebrating him. Cheers!