When Roberto Luongo calls on Friday afternoon, he’s sitting on the cold bleachers of an ice rink, watching his 7-year-old son’s hockey practice. It’s easy to become distracted by professional athletes’ cool jobs and just as easy to forget that they are members of their communities too. Luongo is the Florida Panthers’ starting goalie. But he’s also a hockey dad who lives in Parkland, Florida. He goes grocery shopping. He shuttles his kids to school. His family goes to church.
When the unthinkable happened in Luongo’s hometown on Feb. 14 — a gunman opened fire at Parkland’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, killing 17 people — the goaltender reeled. Before the Panthers’ first home game after the shooting, Luongo delivered a pregame speech at the BB&T Center, declaring “it’s time for us as a community to take action” and “enough is enough.”
“Right away, my daughter jumped up and was looking around,” Luongo said. “It’s not normal for children to have that feeling. The one thing I want is for my kids to feel safe at school. That’s what it’s all about, right? I don’t care how it gets done; it needs to get done.”
“I’ll just continue to work in all the areas we’ve been working and making progress. That’s really the focus — to continue the process and the journey and keep working,” Tebow said to reporters following the game.
Tebow’s only hit was a hard single to center off the Washington Nationals’ Erick Fedde on March 2. Tebow has been used solely as a designated hitter or pinch hitter because of the injury.
“The ankle was kind of disappointing. I got to put in a lot of good work and feel like I’m improving. It’s getting there,” Tebow said.
Earlier in spring training, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said he thought Tebow would be in the major leagues one day. Tebow said that is not his focus at this point.
“It’s definitely the goal, and we’ll be putting in work every day to one day get Cheap Bruins Jerseys that opportunity, but you can’t just be focused on the end result. It’s got be on every day in the process,” Tebow said. “It’s having a long-term mindset with a here-and-now Cheap Cycling Jerseys focus.”