"He's A Great Kid"

Al Roker is inspired by his son, Nicholas Albert Roker, to be a more patient individual. The TODAY anchor tells Hoda Kotb that Nicholas, who lives with special needs, challenges him to maintain a positive attitude.


“I want to be more patient,” Roker reveals. “Especially towards the end of the week after I get a little tired, I tend to get a little short with Nick,” the celebrity father admits.

Nick lives with a combination of autism and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). The teen may have special needs but, nevertheless, contributes to society in a big way. Nick serves as a principal cross-bearer at his church, St. James Episcopal Church, in Manhattan, New York. The teen’s determination continues to inspire his parents.

“He’s very goal-oriented and he’s a great kid,” Al Roker tells Hoda Kotb. “As a lot of parents who have kids who have special needs [know], they can try your patience,” the celebrity father says. “Not that they mean to, or anything like that,” Roker clarifies. “I look at him and all that he does and I want to be a better person.”

In addition to serving in his church, Nick also enjoys swimming. “He’s got a great sense of humor,” Al Roker says of his son. “He’s outgoing and a good swimmer,” the television anchor adds. “He takes chess lessons a couple [of] times a week, and he does okay. He’s also very affectionate — like his grandfather — and full of love to share.”

Nicholas is Al Roker and his wife Deborah Roberts’ youngest child. The celebrity couple also has a daughter named Leila Roker. Stay tuned for more celebrity father news!

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Sarie is a writer and editor for BCK's Los Angeles division. She also shares stories on Medium that are meant to encourage thought and discussion. You can catch her outside enjoying nature and classical literature. Pop culture is pretty fun, too!

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