Celebrating Father’s Day at Snap! Raise

In honor of Father’s Day, our team took the time to reflect on the impact our dads have had in our lives. It’s no coincidence that this impact overlaps directly with the work we do every day at Snap! Raise.

Many Snap! Raise employees are former athletes, so more than a few of us were coached by our dads growing up. We got to see them selflessly dedicate long hours to their teams, and then turn around and put the same level of heart and soul into their family. 

Many of our dads are also educators – teachers, principals, athletic directors – who have dedicated their lives to empowering students inside and outside the classroom. They've supported us, and countless others, in our academic and professional goals, and beyond. 

So, to all the dads who devote themselves to coaching, supporting, mentoring, and taking a hands-on approach to leadership and fatherhood – thank you. We are grateful for the time you've volunteered, for the unconditional support and love you've offered, and for the values you've instilled in us.

Happy Father’s Day! 

Tom Conboy 

Regional Development Manager, Minnesota 

I grew up on the sideline of a football field, of a swimming pool, of a wrestling mat, you name it. My father, Tim Conboy, coached every sport under the sun except for ice hockey (which is ironic because all of us played ice hockey). He was willing to drive us across the country to compete at high-level tournaments in whatever sport we chose to play. Not only did he give us the opportunity to do that, he held us accountable by making sure we put in the work in to get to that point. 

He’s a community leader who has been in the same position at the high school as an AD. He has impacted so many students over the last few decades to the point where I run into these people as adults who talk about how he had an impact on their lives. I was fortunate enough to have had not only a father but a coach who was willing to go to the end the ends of the earth for me. 

That’s one thing that I carry with me in my role at Snap! Raise – how can I emulate what he did for so many for the people I work with on a daily basis? That’s a lesson that will stay with me forever. 

Chelsea Thompson 

Social Media Manager 

Growing up, Saturday mornings were the best part of the week. When they weren’t filled with college football or cartoons, it was chocolate chip pancakes and chalking the field before taking shots on goal. 

My dad was a volunteer soccer coach for all three of his kids’ teams. For 15 years, he would pack up the truck with soccer balls, cones, and pennies, and we would get to the fields early so that the very first family to arrive on the sidelines had teammates to warm-up with and a friendly coach to talk to. He gave us tough love at practice and made sure that we put in work where it was needed, but when it got to game time, he always had the loudest cheers and claps on the sideline. 

Back then, my dad was recognized for being the happiest person on the field. Everyone loved Coach Steve. Even now, 11 years after his last game, people will still stop me at the grocery store or reach out on Facebook to talk at length about how much they appreciate him. My dad made the kind of impression that changes the way kids now see the world as adults. Every high five and “you can do it!” instilled value in them as athletes, which now extends far beyond the field. 

Seeing how my dad impacted my friends and teammates inspires me to do the same. I hope one day I can be just as great of a coach as my dad was. I love you, Coach Steve – Happy Father’s Day! 

JT FitzGerald 

Regional Development Manager, California 

Coach Smith was my freshman football coach, my freshman science teacher, my wrestling coach for all four years, and my athletic director – but the coolest part was that he was the guy I called ‘dad.’ He is actually my stepdad, but I didn't really have that father figure in my life growing up so he filled that void from a young age. He's the guy who shaped me into the man I am. 

He did a great job of balancing the dad life and coach life. One of the things I respect the most about him was that I never got any special treatment and he would always push me to do my best, but at the same time he would support me in those times I need to be supported. 

My senior year of high school I lost a close match in the wrestling state semi-finals against one of the top guys in the state. Reflecting back on everything I did to train, and everything we did from waking up at five in the morning before school to run, or needing to lose some weight before school started… after the match I just lost it and just started bawling. He understood what I was going through in that moment because he had been there before right on that stage. He came over to me when I was crying, sitting there with my singlet still on, and he told me ‘Hey, you have five minutes to cry and you're done’ because I had to go back and wrestle another match after that. That’s our whole relationship in that moment. 

Dad, I just want to thank you for everything that you've you know you've provided me and give me to be successful in athletics and in life. It’s something I can never pay you for, and for that, I'm forever indebted to you. 

Maddi Null 

Office Coordinator 

The things I learned from having my Dad as my first coach in soccer were extremely instrumental to the rest of my career and life as a whole. He taught me to rise to the occasion of a close game and how to take the unruly fire burning inside of me and control it with ease. Most importantly, he taught the importance of perseverance and the power in being a relentless force to be reckoned with.  

Thank you Dad for being the best coach I could have had and for always reminding me to “Lace ‘em tight and kick ‘em straight.” 

Eddie Behringer 

Chief Product Officer, Co-founder 

The guiding force in my life is my dad. Coach B has been a high school football coach and special education teacher for over 20 years. One of the reasons why we started Snap! Raise is to help out people like him. Being a special education teacher is not an easy thing. Being able to keep a cool head and work through a lot of difficulties as a mentor really extended beyond the football field for him. 

Coach B is a man of love, so selflessness and service to others were core to my upbringing. My dad also instilled in me the value of hard work. I'd like to think that the team I represent, and our team holistically at Snap! Raise, is a hardworking group. Hard work is really leading from the front. It's something that we do outside the company and inside, as well; it's one of the things that I'm really proud of and is unique about what we do. 

Coach B – I love you, man. Thank you for setting me up to be the man I am today and helping guide the course of our business. 

Erin Johnson 

Events and Projects Manager 

Growing up, I was lucky enough to have three amazing coaches, but at the top of that list was my Dad! Having my dad as a coach was one of the most rewarding experiences. He taught me to always give 100% on and off the field and to always take risks. Not only was he an amazing coach, but he was also my biggest supporter and fan in my running career through college.  

Dad, thank you for all your support! All my wins and successes are owed to you! 

Zach Milkis 

Marketing Writer 

It is my privilege to have not one but two dads – my dad and my stepdad – who have both enriched my life in immeasurable ways.  

My dad, Steve, volunteered his time to coach several of my little league baseball teams. The pinnacle of our collective achievement was my 5th grade year when our squad made it to the league championship game. That was an up and down season for me; I had my confidence rattled early on, but my dad continued to push me and prove to me that I was capable. I surrendered the winning run in the championship (you can’t win ‘em all), but the entire team of eager 11 and 12-year-olds still gave him a much-deserved Gatorade bath.  

Around that time, my dad bought me an electric guitar – a blue Fender Squier Stratocaster – and enrolled me in guitar lessons. He instilled in me a deep appreciation of music that I have carried with me my entire life. In my adult years, he’s become one of my closest friends and allies, someone I can count on to challenge me when I need to be challenged, and someone I can always look to for guidance and support.   

When my stepdad, Larry, entered my adolescent life, he would patiently help me practice every sport imaginable – from the ones he loved (basketball, tennis) to the ones he couldn’t stand (baseball). As I got older, my appreciation for him as a human only deepened. A social impact entrepreneur, Larry has inspired in me a curiosity about the world, a voraciousness for knowledge, and a responsibility to stand up for what I believe in.  

To both of my dads – thank you for teaching me how to work hard, think deeply, be vulnerable, make unapologetically bad jokes, dream big, and remain true to my passions. Today and every day, I am so grateful for you! 

Shannon Heric 

Marketing Designer 

Dad, thanks for being my #1 supporter from day one. Growing up playing every type of sport, you would be cheering me on rain or shine. You were there to shoot extra hoops, hit extra balls, and take me to and from practices, games, and tournaments – all with encouragement and a smile. You took time to be a volunteer coach, to give everyone a chance to play. 

Not only would you take me to practices, you would be the one to volunteer to throw extra pitches, help with warm-ups, talk about game strategy, and tell me I could do it. You took the other players under your wing just like they were your own and made them feel special. Your kindness and love for the game to just go out and have fun has given me the life lesson to do my best, but to make sure to have fun along the way. 

Thanks for being my basketball, soccer, volleyball, and softball coach, but most importantly my number #1 fan and Dad. 

From all of us at Snap! Raise, we want to extend the dadliest of high fives to every hardworking, passionate dad out there. We appreciate you!  

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