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Hope Springs Paternal
June 16, 2003
Chances are, your father caught the first ball you ever threw and dreamed of your success long before you could talk. These six athletes, like so many others, have grown to appreciate that early investment in their futures
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June 16, 2003

Hope Springs Paternal

Chances are, your father caught the first ball you ever threw and dreamed of your success long before you could talk. These six athletes, like so many others, have grown to appreciate that early investment in their futures

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Leo: "When he was growing up, sometimes I felt sorry for him because most of his friends were bigger, but he was determined. He kept working and working until he found a way to beat them."

T.J.: "I still wish I was taller."

KARA AND BILL Lawson

Bill Lawson, a security consultant in the Washington, D.C., area, is used to having a lot of input in his three daughters' lives. He wanted his middle daughter, Kara, now a rookie point guard for the WNBA's Sacramento Monarchs, to go to Stanford but planned to review all her options with her. When he heard that she'd picked Tennessee without consulting him, he vowed to never attend another of her games. For 3� years, he didn't. He finally broke his vow midway through Kara's junior season in Knoxville.

Bill: "Of all the girls she is the most like me. I was hoping years ago that she would be out of the house before we clashed, because I knew I wouldn't bend. And we almost made it." (Roars with laughter.)

Kara: "I'm not as stubborn as he is, but I am stubborn, I like to be the best at whatever I do."

Bill: "She once told a reporter, 'My contribution to society will not be made on the basketball court,' and I think that is very, very true."

Kara: "I'd like to be an AD in one of the major conference schools. I think there are only four women ADs in those right now. Maybe I'd like to be president of the NCAA. Or president of a university."

Bill: "She is everything I want her to be today. I don't know what tomorrow will bring."

RODGER AND DAVID Carr

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