Posts Tagged ‘Successful Children of Single Parents’

Michael Phelps: Mother’s Support Big Part of Olympic Success

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

Through his unfortunate shortcomings and his greatest successes, Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps’ mother Debbie has been there for it all.

In Beijing when Phelps broke Mark Spitz’s record by bringing home his eighth gold medal in the games, he was quoted (via There’s so much emotions going through my head, so much excitement. I guess I just want to see my mom.

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Debbie has overcome many struggles in her lifetime. A single mother raising Michael and his two sisters on a teacher’s salary after her divorce from the children’s father, Fred, Debbie has raised the one of the greatest Olympic champions of all time.

Oprah Salutes Warrick Dunn For Helping Single Moms

Friday, November 26th, 2010

TAMPA – In another of her “farewell year” specials, Oprah Winfrey saluted former Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Warrick Dunn for his charitable foundation that helps provide homes for single mothers.

Dunn, who last played for the Bucs in 2008, was among several former guests saluted on Friday’s “Thank You” episode of “The Oprah Winfrey Show.”

Winfrey showed clips from a 2002 show in which she honored Dunn as one of “Oprah’s Angels” for his foundation that was launched in 1997 in honor of his mother, Betty Smothers, a Baton Rouge, La., police officer and single parent.  Read more:

Thomas Claiborne Dream Reality

Sunday, August 22nd, 2010

BC lineman becomes a self-made success

By Lenny Megliola
Sunday, August 22, 2010 – Updated 2 weeks ago

The single mother’s quest was to get her son to a better place. The sooner, the better. Get him out of the Boston neighborhoods, and into a safer environment, with a chance at a good education. So then-fourth-grader Thomas Claiborne began rising at 5 a.m. to catch the bus that would take the Metco student to his new world.