Hundreds Focus On Fatherhood And Achievement

The Fatherhood and Male Achievement Conference was held on Saturday. News19's Chuck Ringwalt reports.

Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Families throughout South Carolina met in Columbia Saturday to find ways men can better serve their communities.

"Just being someone that's there. Someone for them to listen to. Somebody that they can look up to. Somebody that's going to keep them on the right track," Aubrey Ashford said.

That's what Ashford said being a father means to him.  He and his son Aubrey Jr. took part in the conference.

"I learned that everybody needs a father," Aubrey Jr. said. "Even if their not a father I like people to spend time with their loved ones."

"It's important that every segment of our community feels important and has the tools, the resources and the strategies to be successful," said Baron Davis.

Davis helped organize the conference which featured team building activities, leadership panels that included University of South Carolina basketball coach Frank Martin, free haircuts and more.

Davis said it's events like this that start a real change.

"Those individuals go out to be positive and productive members of our society and our community and then they also understand the importance of giving back. Continuing the cycle," said Davis.

Ashford said one thing he learned was recognizing that it's okay when you don't have all of the answers.

"It's okay for us to ask for help. If we still need help, reach out to somebody that may be close to you that you consider to be a figure like that. Get some information from them, insight, and use it on a daily basis," he said.

His son said he knows he always has someone to lean on.

"If something is going wrong, I know I have somebody to turn to," Aubrey Jr. said.

To learn more about the conference click here.

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