Though the Tim Duncan era may be over, there’s no denying that he was the heart of the Spurs. But more than that, he was the heart of our city. SA Flavor decided to pay tribute to #21 with El Corazon, the 2017 Spurs-inspired Lotería Fiesta Medal.
The medal shows a heart wrapped with a banner that says “Thanks T.D.” The color pallet of the medal is a callback to the old-school Fiesta colors that were around at the start of Duncan’s career. The number in the top left is the same one that was sent to the rafters of the AT&T Center. And all you medal hounds will be happy to know that the back of the medal states the year so you know that this is a 2017 Fiesta Medal.
The charity that will receive $1 for each Fiesta Medal sold will be CASA (Child Advocates of San Antonio). With the Texas Legislature having a focus on Child Protective Services this session, my heart has gone out to some of our littlest San Antonians who face neglect and abuse. CASA is one of the nonprofits that is currently filling a big need, by “recruiting, training and supervising court-appointed volunteer Advocates who provide constancy for abused and neglected children and youth while advocating for services and placement in safe and permanent homes.” Their advocates have a big heart, a Gran Corazon.
I haven’t known a San Antonio without Timmy suiting up in silver and black, so it has been quite an adjustment. You could count on two things from the Big Fundamental: that he would give it his all and that he would do it with class. So, while Duncan may be retired (though I hope that he somehow winds up on the playoff roster), he is still El Corazon of the Spurs.