A family man through and through, Patrick Lee, 45, knows what his priorities in life are. Being adopted at 5, he understands how important family and support are to young children and spends his time supporting them how he can.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment? To this day my best accomplishment has been raising a beautiful, intelligent, and loving 14-year-old daughter. I’ve won numerous awards and achieved many things, but being the #1 Daddy brings me so much pride and joy.
What impact do you hope to leave on the world? To have been a positive influence on the lives of many, whether large or small. We sometimes look for the big impact in which people remember and acknowledge, but small impacts on people’s lives are just as important. A simple smile, hello, meal, conversation, encouragement, advice or even a wave could mean the world to someone and influence the direction in their life.
What is the best piece of parenting advice you ever received? It isn’t about you anymore.
What person, thing, or event has influenced your life most? I was adopted at the age of 5 years old and accepted into a loving family that gave me exposure, opportunity and love. The foundation they provided and instilled in me continue to be a major part in how I live my life.
What is your favorite way to give back to your community? I’ve learned over the years that I have a passion to work with our youth and to provide support for their development. I enjoy speaking at career days for local schools, volunteering with organizations such as Hands On Atlanta and Must Ministries, coaching girl’s youth basketball, and recently keynoted the Crabapple Middle School MLK Humanitarian of the Year program.
Name something on your bucket list. Skydiving! My daughter made me ‘pinky promise’ that I would take her skydiving when I turn 50. She was only 9 years old when we promised to do it together, but a promise is a promise and we’ll be jumping out of a plane in 4 years.
Who are the experts/professionals who help you be your best self? I have a large network of people that care about me as a person and want what’s best for me. My wife and daughter keep me grounded, and I am blessed to have so many people that have played a part and continue to play a part in my overall success and being my best self. I couldn’t be who I am today without all of them.
Where is your favorite place in Atlanta? I love all sports and any Atlanta sports venue will do!