The Smotherman Family.
Brother D'Andreis, father William and young D'Anthony. Summer 1995. St. Louis Blues track team. "Family support is big. My brother and father were a big help with Kaylen when I was in St. Louis."
Earning a degree in electrical engineering technology. D'Anthony received a four-year scholarship in track to what he calls the best college campus in the world: Grambling State University.
Dr. Theresa Smotherman, D'Anthony's mother, is moved by her son's role as sole active parent. "D'Anthony demonstrates the wherewithal of every attribute that the Mother of the Year would demonstrate," she says.
At 27-year old, D'Anthony became a single father. And like many single mothers, he says, "I got this... but I never intended on doing this alone. I really wanted
to be married."
"The biggest challenges for me? Realizing that you are the caretaker, the breadwinner, the everything. So I've missed trips out of the country. Can't buy those shoes or clothes. I have to provide for my son first."
The Que stands for quality: "I want my son to say, 'My dad is a loving father, a caring father and a great protector.'"
Kaylen at soccer. "My son is a friendly, outgoing kid. He's always looking for the next adventure," D'Anthony says.
Coach Smotherman, at practice, takes Kaylen to his track meets. "I want him to see me in all the roles I play."
The Namesakes: D'Anthony Marshall and D'Anthony Kaylen. "I don't think my son is really aware that he's being raised by a 'single father.' It's important to me that he has good relationship with his mom."
Kaylen at the Tuskegee Airmen Museum waving to his dad before takeoff to co-pilot an airplane. "Kaylen actually flew
the plane! I wasn't even up there with him!"
The Smotherman brothers of Omega Psi Phi fraternity and their potential, Kaylen.