2024 DADs OF THE YEAR

SEE THIS YEAR'S WINNERS!

Good Dads announced the winners for the Outstanding Dads of the Year contest on June 14. Find out more about our four honorees on the Good Dads Blog.

Winners:
David Anderson
Dan Carlson
Herb Cody
Nick Kueck

About the contest

Good Dads is dedicated to helping kids and communities one dad at a time. Our mission is to inspire, resource and encourage fathers of all walks of life to be more engaged in the lives of their children. That’s why we’re thrilled to celebrate dads who go above and beyond in their fatherly duties.

We encourage everyone who knows a Good Dad to nominate him in the Good Dads 2024 Outstanding Dads of the Year Contest. There is no cost to nominate a dad, but we do invite you to make a small donation to the Good Dads nonprofit if you believe that every kid benefits from an involved father and want to support what we do.

Good Dads will collect online nominations in these four career fields:

Educator dad of the year
  • Coaches, teachers, librarians, etc.
Law enforcement dad of the year
  • Police officers, detectives, corrections, etc.
EMERGENCY RESPONSE dad of the year
  • Firefighters, paramedics/EMTs, etc.
Trades dad of the year
  • Transportation, manufacturing, automotive, construction, etc.

A Good Dads evaluation committee will meet after the online nomination form closes to evaluate qualifying nominations. They will choose one dad in each category for the title of Outstanding Father of the Year (four dads total).

Finalists of the Outstanding Dad of the Year award will be invited as our distinguished guests with a +1 of their choice to attend our annual dinner and banquet this October in Springfield, MO. Dads will also receive certificates honoring their new titles and recognition on Good Dads print, digital and/or broadcast promotional material.

The Outstanding Dad of the Year contest furthers Good Dads’ mission by promoting the roles of fathers in our homes, workplaces and communities.

Nominations

Thank you to everyone who nominated a dad for the 2024 Outstanding Dad of the Year Contest! The nomination form closed after 11:59 p.m. Friday, May 17. Good Dads announced our winners on the Good Dads Blog.

Rules

Please carefully read the rules for nominations. Submissions that don’t follow our rules will be disqualified.

Mark your calendars for Thursday, Oct. 17, 2024, for the largest Good Dads event of the year! Join us at the Oasis Hotel & Convention Center ballroom for an evening of fun and memory-making as we celebrate Good Dads’ achievements, honor our Outstanding Dad of the Year finalists, highlight new father-focused initiatives and more. 

Whether you are a corporate sponsor, a longtime friend of Good Dads or just learning about what we do for the first time, thank you! We’re grateful for your support.

This Year's Theme

After much careful thought and many, many cups of coffee, Good Dads has come to fully realize the potential of our small but growing nonprofit. And as a result, we have become increasingly focused on expansion as one of our greatest priorities in 2024 and beyond. 

With the relaunch of our Good Dads Great Communities curriculum, the course became a symbol for the future of Good Dads. Our rapid growth has been hectic—like our executive director says: It’s like changing the wheels on the bus while the bus is speeding down the road.

But at the end of the day, we’ve always been all about building great communities. When fathers are inspired, resourced and encouraged to be Good Dads, everyone wins. And we mean everyone. When Dad is involved in the lives of his children, kids do better. Schools are stronger. Relationships flourish. Economies are more robust. Neighborhoods are safer.  It’s clear to us that Good Dads make Great Communities. 

Thank you for joining us this year for our fourth-annual fundraising dinner; we can’t wait to see you.

Tickets will be availale for
purchase this summer.

What is good Dads?

Good Dads is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit headquartered in Springfield, MO. We are dedicated to building better communities one dad at a time by empowering, encouraging and inspiring fathers of all backgrounds to be the best parents they can be. The nonprofit began in 2015 when business leaders in the Ozarks recognized the impact of father absence and came together for the purpose of supporting father encouragement.

Find out even more about the nonprofit by signing up for our free weekly e-newsletter, reading the About Us section on our site, and by following us on social media at the links in the footer.

With the relaunch of our Good Dads Great Communities curriculum, the course became a symbol for the future of Good Dads. Our rapid growth has been hectic—like our executive director says: It’s like changing the wheels on the bus while the bus is speeding down the road.

But at the end of the day, we’ve always been all about building great communities. When fathers are inspired, resourced and encouraged to be Good Dads, everyone wins. And we mean everyone. When Dad is involved in the lives of his children, kids do better. Schools are stronger. Relationships flourish. Economies are more robust. Neighborhoods are safer.  It’s clear to us that Good Dads make Great Communities. 

Thank you for joining us this year for our fourth-annual fundraising dinner; we can’t wait to see you.

Become a Good Dads Sponsor

Our mission to help kids and communities one dad at a time cannot be fully realized without the generous contributions of local sponsors. Our community and business partners believe that fathers are important; they refuse to let this valuable part of the family unit go unappreciated.They understand that involved fathers are better for our schools, neighborhoods and economies. They know that fathers make our communities a great place to live.

If you recognize the value of engaged fatherhood, we encourage you to become a Good Dads sponsor this year at our largest fundraising event of the year.