Michael Strahan to Be Honored as 2017 “Father of the Year”

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The National Father’s Day Council announced today that Michael Strahan
has been named a 2017 “Father of the Year” Honoree. Mr. Strahan will be
honored alongside JCPenney Chairman and CEO, Marvin Ellison. The 76th
Annual Father of the Year Awards will be presented at the New York
Hilton Midtown Hotel on Thursday, June 15, 2017 at 12:00pm. As part of
its commitment to support meaningful philanthropies dealing with issues
affecting mothers, fathers and children, proceeds from the event will
benefit Save the Children’s U.S. Programs. For tickets and sponsorship,
please contact the Council office at 212-594-5977 or www.fathersdaycouncil.org.

Emmy winner and Super Bowl Champion Michael Strahan currently co-hosts
ABC’s “Good Morning America” and serves as an analyst for “Fox NFL
Sunday.” Currently in production for its second season, Mr. Strahan is
also the co-host of the top-rated primetime game show favorite,
“$100,000 Pyramid” on ABC, produced by his own company, SMAC
Entertainment, in association with Sony Pictures Television.

Through SMAC Entertainment, he is Co-Producing “Religion of Sports,” an
original documentary series now in its second season. The show examines
unique examples of sport’s cultural and spiritual impact in regions
around the world, airing exclusively on AUDIENCE Network on both DIRECTV
and AT&T U-verse. Mr. Strahan is Executive Producing “Tackle My Ride,”
on the NFL Network, a series about current NFL players helping restore
dream rides for fellow auto enthusiasts.

Prior to joining the ranks of the top sports broadcasters in the
country, Mr. Strahan’s entire 15-year football career was typified by
the charisma and sportsmanship that made him a seven-time Pro-Bowler and
one of only four players ever to lead the NFL in sacks for two
seasons. His spectacular NFL career resulted in Mr. Strahan being named
to the 2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame class, the sport’s highest honor.

Mr. Strahan led the New York Giants to a dramatic Super Bowl victory
over the previously undefeated New England Patriots in 2007. In 2001, he
completed what is widely considered to be one of the greatest seasons
ever for a defensive player, breaking the 18-year-old NFL single season
sack record with 22.5 sacks. His record still stands today. The leader
of the New York Giants was named the NFL’s 2001 Player of the Year by
Sports Illustrated and the 2001 Defensive Player of the Year by the
Associated Press, making him the first New York Giant to win the award
since Lawrence Taylor in 1986.

Acting on his entrepreneurial spirit, Mr. Strahan introduced Collection
by Michael Strahan™
, a line of tailored clothing, dress shirts,
neckwear and accessories, in the fall of 2015, available exclusively at
JCPenney. The brand has been very successful and Strahan and JCPenney
expanded their partnership to launch MSX™
by Michael Strahan
last May. Inspired by Michael’s active lifestyle,
this exclusive line of athleisure for men includes tees, polos, jogger
pants and chinos. In February, MSX by Michael Strahan expanded to
include boxers, briefs and undershirts, offering men everyday essentials
in premium, comfort-stretch fabrics.

From 2012-2016, Mr. Strahan co-hosted the top-rated, nationally
syndicated entertainment talk show “LIVE with Kelly and Michael.” He and
co-host Kelly Ripa were the co-winners of the 2015 and 2016 Daytime Emmy
for “Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host.” In addition, Mr. Strahan
was nominated for a 2014 Sports Emmy Award in the category of
“Outstanding Sports Personality – Studio Analyst.”

Dedicated to many charitable organizations, Mr. Strahan donates his
hands and heart to numerous charities including St. Jude Children’s
hospital, The USO and HELP USA. A father of four, he currently spends
his time between New York and Los Angeles.

“It is a pleasure to honor a legend like Michael Strahan, who displays
an incredible amount of dedication and passion in every venture he
pursues,” said Dan Orwig, President & CEO of The Father’s Day/Mother’s
Day Council. “His enormous success in both football and entertainment,
as well as his commitment to his community and family, serves as an
inspiration to so many fans worldwide.”

The National Father’s Day/Mother’s Day Council, Inc. has donated more
than $30 million to date to meaningful charities nationwide.

About The National Father’s Day Council, Inc.

The National Father’s Day Committee is part of the Father’s Day/Mother’s
Day Council, Inc., a non-profit association that has as its mission the
recognition and awarding of honors to role model contemporary fathers
and mothers, while at the same time contributing to issues affecting the
life and well-being of men, women and families. Past honorees have
included Presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, John F. Kennedy and
Ronald Reagan, Generals Douglas MacArthur, Colin Powell and Norman
Schwarzkopf, retail veteran Terry Lundgren, sports notables Arthur Ashe,
Jim Kelly and Michael “Coach K” Krzyzewski, and communications leaders
Tim Russert and Harry Smith. To learn more about The National Father’s
Day Council, visit our website at www.fathersdaycouncil.org.

About Save the Children’s U.S. Programs

Nearly 1 in 5 children in the United States lives in poverty. Save the
Children works to break the cycle of poverty and improve the lives of
children in this country by ensuring that they have the resources they
need to succeed in school and life. With a grassroots network of more
than 180,000 people across all 50 states, Save the Children also acts as
a voice for kids by advocating for increased access to high-quality
early childhood education at the federal, state and local levels. Early
learning programs that begin during pregnancy and continue until the
child reaches kindergarten are key to ensuring that children enter
school ready for success. Save the Children served more than 250,000
children and families in the United States in 2015 alone. For more
information visit www.savethechildren.org/usa.


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