My 17-year-old cousin has overcome significant challenges on the road to adulthood. After his parents divorced at the age of seven, his father walked away from all parental responsibilities. His mother, a well-educated engineer, made no excuses and decided she would assume full responsibility for raising him on her own. My young cousin began to flourish during his teen years as a standout athlete. He recently earned a full scholarship to an ACC football powerhouse. My goal is to serve on his "Council of Dads" to provide information, inspiration, and support as he moves on to the college ranks. It's the least I can do for his mother, who happens to be my favorite cousin and lifelong friend.