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

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

14 months.

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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