Spending time with your son can come in many ways

David Balestrino enjoys every minute he spends with his 6-year-old son, Brady.

Sunday, he let those at the Pure Michigan 400 know all about it.

The 27-year-old U.S. Army veteran won a contest to be the honorary starter for Sunday’s NASCAR race.

Kasey Kahne – their favorite driver – was part of the field, and the one David and Brady gravitated toward. They had every right to do so today after Kahne took seventh.

It was one of the many chances David and Brady have had to spent time together.

David, a 2004 Chaney graduate, cherishes every moment with his son after his service in Iraq, which forced him to miss the first year of Brady’s life. David knows Brady is well aware of the sacrifices his father made for our country.

“Parents leave and sometimes parents don’t come home,” David said prior to Sunday’s race. “He understands the sacrifice military families go through.”

That’s why experiences like Sunday are memorable.

As a parent, you hear others say, ‘Boy, they grow up fast.’ How true that is. That’s why making moments, no matter how big or small you might think, are special in the eyes of your little one.

Sunday, David and Brady were able to share those special times – times that make a young boy’s life extraordinary.

It’s not only David and Brady, but every father can share this story and make it their own. It doesn’t have to be a glamorous adventure to Michigan International Speedway and drop the green starting flag in front of a crowd of NASCAR fanatics. It doesn’t have to be a parade of NASCAR drivers within an arms length.

It can be something as simple as sitting in the bleachers watching your hometown team in action.

While the official start to high school football doesn’t happen until Aug. 29, it doesn’t mean someone couldn’t go catch a glimpse of their favorite team at one of a handful of scrimmages happening around the area this week:

Minerva at Hubbard, Thursday, 6 p.m.

Lowellville at Mathews, Thursday, 6 p.m.

Campbell at Niles, Thursday, 7 p.m.

Newton Falls at Akron North, Thursday, 7 p.m.

Warren G. Harding at Lakewood St. Edward, Friday, 6 p.m.

Berkshire at LaBrae, Friday, 6 p.m.

Newbury at Chalker, Friday, 6 p.m.

Mineral Ridge at Garfield, Friday, 6 p.m.

Brookfield at Reynolds (Pa.), Friday, 6 p.m.

Howland at Boardman, Friday, 7 p.m.

McDonald at Champion, Friday, 7 p.m.

John F. Kennedy at Liberty, Friday, 7 p.m.

Lakeview at Canfield, Friday, 7 p.m.

Southern at Windham, Friday, 7 p.m.

Buchtel at Austintown Fitch, Friday, 7:15 p.m.

If football is not your thing, maybe a Mahoning Valley Scrappers game? They play at Eastwood Field the rest of the week, starting Tuesday.

Or you could do none of the above.

A simple game of catch with a baseball or football might be just as good.

After all, it’s all about spending time as a father and son.