Cuba Gooding, Jr. received an unexpected Father's Day gift when he was nominated for a 2008 Fatherhood Award by the National Fatherhood Initiative (NFI).

Gooding has been recognized for being a great father to his three children and for his positive portrayal of an involved, responsible, and committed father in an upcoming Sony Pictures release, "Daddy Day Camp," which opens in theaters nationwide on August 8.

Cuba's participation in a 2006 television special for children of deployed parents called, "When Parents are Deployed," also caught the attention of the organization, which does extensive work with military families, and set Cuba apart from other potential celebrity nominees.

Inaugurated in 1998, NFI's Fatherhood Awards are presented each year to individuals, corporations and organizations that make a substantial contribution to strengthening involved, responsible and committed fatherhood in their work or personal lives.

"We are pleased to nominate Cuba Gooding, Jr. for a Fatherhood Award. In his personal life, and now through his work in the film 'Daddy Day Camp,' Cuba sets a positive example of responsible fatherhood," said NFI President, Roland C. Warren. "It is refreshing to see a Hollywood dad who understands that fatherhood is the most important role a man could ever have. NFI's work is to ensure that every child grows up with the love, nurturance, and guidance of their father. For this reason it is a pleasure to nominate a man like Cuba for offering society a standard to emulate."