Former NBA champion is keynote speaker at fatherhood conference

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - A conference that celebrates fatherhood features a special guest this year.

NBA champion and ESPN analyst Chucky Brown is the keynote speaker at the twelfth annual Fatherhood Conference on Saturday, May 5, at the First Baptist Activity Center in Wilmington.

The event is themed "A Few Good Men – A Call to Serve."

Brown will highlight the importance of being a male role model for young people.

"Fathers play a crucial role in the cognitive, social and emotional development of their children, and many children look to the father figure in their community when their biological father is absent," said Larry Mays, Family Support Program Coordinator with the New Hanover County Department of Social Services. "This conference is held yearly for families to celebrate fathers and children, as well as support those relationships. This year, we are extending that celebration to the men in our community who step in as a father figure, sometimes not even realizing it. Our coaches, teachers, faith leaders, even neighbors and friends can all have a major impact on the development of a child."

The conference is free and will include refreshments and lunch.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. and remarks are at 9:30 a.m.

For more information and to pre-register, go to http://bit.ly/FatherhoodConference18.

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