Spotlight on Dads: Jimmy Oliveira, A Giant NY Giants Fan

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Jimmy Oliveira, a New York native, recently won the National Center for Fathering’s “Super Dad” Super Bowl contest. He received tickets for himself and his seven-year-old daughter, Gina, to attend Super Bowl XLVI.

They are both “giant” New York Giants fans who have a Sunday tradition of going to church and then rooting for the Giants. According to Gina, they “eat, live and breathe Big Blue” and have been attending the opening Giants game every season since she was 18-months-old.

Obviously, I jump at the chance to honor dads here on The Dadabase. I can tell that his daughter Gina is the light of his life and I wanted to hear him talk more about her, so I asked him a few questions about fatherhood:

What has been your biggest challenge so far as a dad?

“My daughter is amazing so there aren’t too many challenges, but one thing we seem to have a hard time with is keeping up with all of her extracurricular activities. Gina is very involved with activities such as dance, gymnastics and jiu-jitsu, and sometimes it can be challenging to get her to all of her activities on time.”

What is your favorite quirk about your daughter’s personality?

“Gina is very outgoing and knows exactly what she wants. She’s also very honest, and can sometimes be very blunt, but I love that about her. She is straight up about everything and tells it exactly like it is. With these personality traits, she has become a leader in her classroom, and I’m so proud of her for that.”

How do you most see yourself in your daughter?

“I see my personality a lot in Gina. As mentioned before, she can be very blunt but yet truthful, and that is exactly how I am. We are both very outgoing and motivated to get what we want out of life. Gina is not afraid to say how she feels, and I think that is something she has picked up from me.”

Congrats to Jimmy for winning the National Center for Fathering’s ‘Super Dad’ Super Bowl contest. And for his and Gina’s sake, good luck to the NY Giants this Sunday!

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  1. by Diana

    On February 3, 2012 at 6:42 pm

    What an AWESOME father!!!! Way to go Jimmy and Gina!

  2. by Ashley

    On February 5, 2012 at 2:04 pm

    Very disappointed in! This man has multiple children and is not involved in all of their lives. Why run a story on a deadbeat dad?

  3. by Anna

    On February 5, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    Dear please support fathers who actually are worthy of supporting…this guy is a loser who made a good video but really doesn’t portray the true deadbeat within!

  4. by Gail

    On February 8, 2012 at 12:59 am

    Jimmy is a wonderful father. He is far from a dead beat dad. It’s a shame that people feel the need to be jealous. It is quite obvious the relationship Gina has with her daddy. The loving bond they share is very special. People need to start focusing on their own lives and not worry about what Jimmy is doing with his. All that have so much to say about Jimmy why don’t you leave him alone and go win your own contest. I know that Jimmy would be the first to congratulate you and wish you the best. One other thing God mad no one person perfect and jealously is a sin. Thanks again you certainly mad a great choice and thank you.

  5. by Anna

    On February 27, 2012 at 10:27 am

    To judge one’s behavior as far as to accuse them of being jealous is a sin within itself. Only God can judge us Gail. Trust me, no one is jealous of your son! Far from it. We pity those who have encountered him. You should be embarassed of your son’s behaviors as a man in a Catholic society. And Gail, how many grandchildren do you have? Or do you too deny a child (also a sin). Think real hard on this before you parade your family around as people who deserve to be admired.