In ceremonies over Dad’s Weekend, Qazi Salman of Orland Park, was crowned King Dad. Dad’s Weekend is dedicated to and created especially for all father-figures of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign students. King Dad nominees typically show a unique way of loving their students, clearly demonstrate a commitment to their role as a father, and are a role model of honesty and patience. Nominated by his daughter, Michelle. Mr. Salman exceeded these characteristics among the 30 plus nominations submitted.
In his nomination, his daughter writes, “My dad has always made me feel better no matter what, which is admittedly easy to say about most people’s fathers. However, most dads have thankfully not have had to comfort their child after their mom dies.
Since I have been 13, I have had only one parent. I should feel an empty space in my heart consuming me, and if I look around for it, I’ll find it, but because of my dad, that hole is mostly filled with his support and love. My dad is whoever I need, whenever I need him. When I need a friend to vent to, when I need a mom to complain to, he is there with his huge smile and amazingly weird humor. He understands that I have a fierce independent streak in my personality, but instead of trying to tame it, he trusts me to be on my own, and that trust and patience means the world.
He is the most hard working person I have ever met, and because of that example, I try as hard in academics as I can. He has always looked at me with such admiration and pride, he deserves the same. I just want to continue to make him proud, and one day, be able to support him as he has supported me.
What my father means to me is an easy question for me, because quite simply, he’s my everything. Happiness, laughter, support, love, friend, mom, and of course, father.”
Congratulations to Michelle and Qazi Salman.
Applications are submitted in early Fall. Watch for the announcement that the application process is open for King Dad, 2017!