UVALDE, Texas – The smallest gesture can have a huge impact.
This was emphasized for the San Antonio Spurs when the team held an open practice and community fair in Ovaldi, Texas.
137 days ago, the small town, 88 miles southwest of downtown San Antonio, was the scene of an elementary school shooting. On May 24, 19 children and two teachers were killed in a shooting at Robb Elementary School.
Tottenham held an open exercise on Saturday at Ovaldi High School to support Robb Primary School students affected by that tragic day.
“It is very sad,” the San Antonio guard Trey Jones He said. “We hope everyone is with us, and that they are still able to enjoy this moment. We are just trying to bring joy to the families and all the kids who were friends with those kids who died and help the teachers too. We want to bring a moment of happiness into their lives again and try to put a smile on their faces.” their faces.”
With a transformative roster full of young players, San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich received the highest applause as the team took the field for a short training. Then the community spurs literally lifted, lifting young children on their shoulders to bring them close to the edge for a basket.
The real height was felt off the field.
The eldest daughter of Monica Flores is still traumatized by today’s tragedy. Her daughter was in the fourth grade with the same rating as the deceased. Her daughter’s classroom was located directly across the hall from the two adjacent rooms where the shooting took place.
“She has her moments, but we’ll never forget,” Flores said. “Surprised hands, different people look like a shooter – she saw the shooter through a classroom window. She’s terrified of people who look like him, not because she’s judging, but people [similar looks] Which is terrifying.”
Flores’ daughter is afraid to leave her home. She is terrified of certain situations. But that was neglected for a few hours thanks to Spurs.
Flores’ daughter was eagerly waiting on Saturday afternoon as soon as she heard Spurs were coming to Ovaldi just to see her with the other kids from Robb Primary School.
Wearing the Manu Ginobili shirt bought for her by her uncle a few years ago, Flores’ daughter and the crowd were surprised and delighted to see the Tottenham Hall of Fame guard in attendance. Now a special advisor with Tottenham, Ginobili spent the entire event signing autographs and taking pictures with attendees.
Flores’ daughter ran straight to Ginobili in the middle of the field when it was her group’s turn to join the field and meet the players.
And just as hundreds of fans have done for over a decade, Flores’ daughter was beaming as she posed with Ginobili.
“I’m so glad she experienced this with Manu,” Flores said.
The feeling was mutual with Spurs.
“It’s so big for me to be able to get out here and see the kids smile,” the San Antonio striker Keldon Johnson He said. “We know it was tough. If we can just get out here and bring a little joy, it’s a successful day for us.”
The tragedy of May 24th is something the Ovaldi community will never get over, but the residents are trying to get through.
“Tomorrow, on and off the field, we will be flying,” said Kara Allen, Tottenham’s chief impact officer. “We’ll do the work and we’ll fly, but today, today is just a joy. So, on behalf of the shining humans of the field and the shining humans of the field, thank you for letting us choose to have fun with you today.”