This clip from CBS Sunday Morning – “Friendship: Close ties that enhance, extend life” – features men from the ManKind Project South Central area talking about the connections that they experience being part of the ManKind Project. Willie Baronet, Scott Prentis, Ron Nevelow, and John Groll were interviewed for the section on what it means to have powerful and supportive friendships.
CBS Sunday took an interest in the ManKind Project because of an article that featured one of the men in the segment, Ron Nevelow, who is a therapist in Dallas. Read the article here.
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Here’s an excerpt from the segment:
But things are different just outside of Dallas, where Scott Prentice, John Groll, Ron Nevelow and Willie Baronet may do the usual guy things, like “trash-talking.”
“It means making fun of his abilities, ’cause he can’t play basketball,” said Willie. “John can’t play poker. Scott can’t out-fish me, those sorts of things.”
“I’ve got pictures to prove otherwise, that’s all I can say,” Scott retorted.
You get the point, especially when they join other friends for a game of whirlyball — kind of a mash-up of lacrosse and basketball, played in bumper cars.
But they say that the friendship they’ve developed over more than 15 years is far different than the stereotypical friendship most people think of between a bunch of sports-loving, poker-playing guys.
“I’ve never found a group that’s so understood me, accepted me, loved me, and honored me as this group does,” said Scott.
“We are willing to share deeply with each other what our fears are, what’s not working well, and I think most men yearn for that connection, but don’t feel comfortable going after it,” said Willie.
“You’re all married, or in relationships; what do the women in your lives think about these friendships?” asked Braver.
“I guarantee you, without these guys, I wouldn’t be married,” said Scott. “I had, you know, a fear of commitment. They helped me walk through what it was that was keeping me from being able to have a wife.”