This Father’s Day was one for the books in the Roker family.
Al Roker’s teen son, Nicholas “Nick” Albert Roker, gave his day a unique gift this past father’s day.
Last Saturday, the 16-year-old took home two gold medals from a Special Olympics swim meet at Vassar College.
Proud dad Al Roker raves about his son’s Special Olympics swim meet wins https://t.co/VV3ceGpeBs
“Nick competed, for the first time, at the statewide Special Olympics in New York,” he explained during the 3rd hour of TODAY on Monday. “He won a gold medal in the 25-yard butterfly and a gold medal in the 50-yard (freestyle).”
The weatherman shared a heartfelt message to his son on his Instagram page as well as congratulating all the other athletes that day.
So proud of my boy for his #goldmedal finishes in the #25yd #butterfly and #50yd #freestyle at the @specialolympicsny #summergames at @vassarcollege today Congrats to all the #athletes who participated (He said I could post this)
16.1k Likes, 618 Comments – Al Roker (@alroker) on Instagram: “So proud of my boy for his #goldmedal finishes in the #25yd #butterfly and #50yd #freestyle at the…”
Nick, as Al wrote in a recent essay for Guideposts magazine, is “somewhere on the (autism) spectrum and maybe obsessive-compulsive,” though Al added that “those labels can be frustrating; they don’t begin to describe who Nick really is.”
Like his father, Nick is proving to be a young man of many talents—he’s also earned his black belt in taekwondo.