Kentucky Dad Rushes from His Coal Mine Shift to Make His Son’s First Basketball Game

This Kentucky dad loves and cares for his child like no one else. After he rushed home from work to spend time with his son, he got a lot of praise and was named “Father of the Year.”

Michael McGuire is a hardworking parent like many other Americans. He wants to give his family the best life he can. The father works in the mines and has given up a lot for his wife and children. He never thought that his kindness would move people.

Michael’s job was hard and kept him busy, so he wasn’t always able to be there for his son. But he did everything he could to be there; even the coal dust didn’t stop him.

The Caring and Helpful In Eastern Kentucky, Father Michael’s life wasn’t always easy. He had to work hard to make ends meet. He did this by working as a roof bolter for Excel Mines. His job lets his wife, Mollie McGuire, stay home with their kids and raise them. She told:

“Many of these events pass him by because he has to work. So he goes there whenever he can, no matter how tired or dirty he is.”

Michael only cared about taking care of his beloved family. So when his family bought tickets for the “Blue & White Scrimmage” at the Appalachian Wireless Arena in October 2022, nothing was going to stop him from going with his son.

Michael and his father had a tradition of watching sports together as he grew up, which was a good thing. He wanted to keep watching basketball games with his son, which was one of their favorite things to do.

People put Michael’s dad up for “Father of the Year” after a picture of Michael and Easton went viral online.

Keeping up the Family Custom
Michael and his father had a tradition of watching sports together as he grew up, which was a good thing. He wanted to keep watching basketball games with his son, which was one of their favorite things to do.

On the weekend of October 22, the father had to work late, and his wife said, “He said, ‘I’m not going to have time to go shower, or I’ll miss most of the game with Easton.'”

People put Michael’s dad up for “Father of the Year” after a picture of Michael and Easton went viral online.

People noticed him when he showed up.
Michael made it to the basketball game on time, still wearing his work clothes and covered in soot from head to toe. He might have been dirty, but his heart was full of love and warmth.

Even though the dad was tired, you couldn’t miss the smile on his face. He could also see his son’s happiness as they played the game together. Michael didn’t know how much attention his appearance drew because he was so busy.

He was always there for his kids, which made his wife, Mollie, happy. She told him:

“He is the most selfless person I’ve ever met, and his family always comes first!”

People put Michael’s dad up for “Father of the Year” after a picture of Michael and Easton went viral online. His loving parent also held his son’s attention and taught him something important about life.

The basketball team’s coach at the event also saw Michael and his son and gave them VIP tickets to another game. Mollie was overwhelmed by all the love and attention. But she turned the spotlight on all the hardworking miners in America by saying:

“Out there, so many coal miners don’t get any attention. So, from one coal mining family to all the others, we want to say, “Your hard work and commitment matter, and we appreciate you!”

The loving husband and father made America fall in love with him. Many people thanked him for being such a good example and sent their best wishes to his family:

“My husband always came home from work dirty because he didn’t want to miss our kids’ games. This is what good parents do; their children will always remember that they came first.

– (Claflin ShawnandToni) October 26, 2022

“My grandfather was also a coal miner in Kentucky. Coal minors are hard workers who go to dangerous places to do their jobs. To do what they have to do, it takes a real man. He and his family are in God’s hands.”

– (Joyce Winters) October 26, 2022

“It’s priceless to have the strength and energy it takes to work as a coal miner and then take the time to spend quality time with your child and share a quiet moment.”

– (Rita Dunham) Oct. 26, 2022

“This story gave me the chills. God bless the dads who still care more about their families than about themselves. That little boy will never forget the first time he went to a game with his dad.

(Phyllis Reynolds) October 25, 2022

The love of a dad is very important, and the fact that he puts his kids first is something they will never forget. Easton is lucky to have a father like his. We hope they have a long and happy life together.

Do you think it was a good idea for the father to come to the basketball game covered in soot? Please tell us what you think!

Click here to read about another brave and admirable miner from Kentucky. He was on his way home when a terrible flood stopped him.

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