While it’s true that moms are rock stars in their own right, we think dads are pretty cool too. They drive carpools, whip up dinners, and host play dates. In honor of dad, we found eight of Southern California’s coolest dads who successfully balance their family lives and day jobs, all while making it look effortless. Click through our gallery to meet eight cool SoCal dads.

Darren Bennett

Sure, it’s pretty cool if your dad is an NFL Punter who was named to the Pro Bowl and All Pro team twice during his run with the San Diego Chargers and Minnesota Vikings. But what makes Darren Bennett a really cool dad is not his stellar football career, but what he’s done to raise awareness of his son, Will’s, battle with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (MD). Darren founded the Pro Player Foundation, which creates and oversees a number of different projects that benefit Duchenne MD research. Darren is also the Special Teams coach for the La Costa Canyon High School Football Team of which Will is an honorary player. When Darren is not coaching and raising awareness, he is a devoted family man, spending time with his wife and sons, Will and Tom.

We know there are dozens of cool dads out there. In fact, we bet you know several of them! Who else do you think deserves a spot on our list?

– Leah R. Singer

All photos courtesy of the featured dads