In fact, he has never been the biggest fan of basketball. He watched a lot of games, was even coaching a team at the same time last year and did all this thanks to the joy that his son pulled out of the sport.
And his son is gone now.
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"I miss my son every day," Oliver said in an interview with The Associated Press. & # 39; & # 39; I do not count the days. I just miss him. And I decided to overcome that feeling by giving me the power to go out and make statements through art or speech. Thursday, for me, is just another day. It will close the year round loop, a special occasions loop where we will not have it. And then a new loop begins, where we will not have it. & # 39; & # 39;
<p class = "web-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "Joaquin Oliver is the teenager who was buried in the shirt of his favorite player, Heat star Dwyane Wade. It's the boy's mother, Patricia, who decided that her son had to rest in the No. 3 jersey, and when Wade – who lost a cousin by armed violence in 2016 and who had been traded to Miami since Chicago less than a week ago The Parkland shootout – learned that he was moved to act. "data-reactid =" 36 "> Joaquin Oliver is the teenager who was buried in the jersey of his favorite player, Heat star, Dwyane Wade.The boy's mother, Patricia, was the one who decided that his son should be put to rest in the No. 3 jersey and when Wade – who lost a cousin under gun violence in 2016 and had been traded to Miami since Chicago less than a week before the shootout at Parkland – learned the existence of the gesture he was moved to act.
He met the Olivers. He learned about their son. He made a surprise appearance at school on the day of his reopening. He made the children laugh and smile, and perhaps for a moment forgot that their school was a crime scene, that their lives had changed forever and certainly not for the better.
"I still do not have the words to express how much this has meant to me," said Wade. & # 39; & # 39; I mean, in this moment of sorrow, in a moment of ultimate sadness and a moment when you know so much was happening, what the family decided to do is bury it in my jersey because he was one of my fans. . It's still, I do not know … I'm still very moved. & # 39; & # 39;
Sport, more often than not, can have a curative influence in times of tragedy.
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"Sports brings people together," said Wade. & # 39; & # 39; Sports bring shopping closer. Sports bring communities together. This game we play and that other people can do is special. Few things or people can bring together a community, different races, people of different shapes, sizes and ages, as does sport. And after Parkland, we saw that. We needed that. & # 39; & # 39;
<p class = "canvas-atom canvas-text Mb (1.0em) Mb (0) – sm Mt (0.8em) – sm" type = "text" content = "goalkeeper Panthers Roberto Luongo lives in Parkland, not far from the school. He still feels the anguish of his adopted city. "Data-reactid =" 42 "> Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo lives in Parkland, not far from school, and still feels anguish about his adopted city.
The Panthers' first home game after shooting was eight days later, and Luongo took the unusual position of talking to the crowd for about three minutes before the start of the face-to-face. The stuck arena was hanging on each of his words. The Panthers competed in the final minutes to win a 3-2 victory over the future Stanley Cup champion, Washington.
The Panthers will pay homage again in the coming days to those who have been lost, with moments of silence and other gestures during this week's games.
"All we can do to help, you know, that it's all about playing a game or taking the time to say" hello "or anything d & # 39; Another, I think these are the little key things you want to try to do as much as possible, "said Luongo." If we can do something that helps with their grief, we should It will never be enough, but we should always do everything we can. "
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Wade, for obvious reasons, has often thought of Joaquin Oliver over the past year – especially in recent days, as the anniversary approaches.
The Oliver family has created a foundation called Change The Ref, whose mission is to educate people about the gun control laws they want to change and the effects of mass shooting. Even the name has a connection with the boy's love for basketball: The story tells that he was expelled from a match last year by a referee whose the call did not please, and Manuel Oliver – the coach – was also deported for complaining.
On the way back, Joaquin told his father that the only way to win this match would have been to change the referee.
"And when I remembered that, I knew what we had to do," said Manuel Oliver.
With that, the foundation was born.
In a year of anxiety, little moments of joy mean more than ever. Manuel Oliver could not watch the Super Bowl this year because it's something that he and his son usually did together. He does not watch sports on television for the same reasons. But when he needs a smile, he can watch the trophy from his last basketball season at Joaquin.
In the days that followed the shooting, Joaquin's team finished his season without him. The team won its league championship. The heat was there to help them celebrate.
"I've always thought Joaquin had an overreaction when he was talking about Dwyane Wade," Manuel Oliver said. & # 39; & # 39; But he was not there. I'm not even a basketball fan, but he's a great guy. Not only him: his mother, his sister, his father, they are all great. It took our son, but we are still here. Joaquin's parents are still there and fighting for him. & # 39; & # 39;
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