Meet Erik Spoelstra's No. 1 cheerleader

Oct 1, 2020
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SPENDING the last 25 years with the Miami Heat organization, Erik Spoelstra has blossomed into one of the NBA's best coaches, continuing to repay the trust the organization showed him during his humble beginnings.

It is quite known that he started out as the franchise’s video coordinator, before the ex-Heat coach turned team president Pat Riley cultivated his potential. Now, he’s taking on his fifth NBA championship series as the Heat’s head coach.

Coach Spo has long lived up to his reputation as a calm, collected, and fine tactician. He also revealed in a couple of interviews way back that he’s the kind of mentor who believes in developing right habits in the team.

He has had quite a journey. And at 49 years old, he’s far from being done, especially after steering the Heat to another Finals appearance.

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    Along the way, Coach Spo also met the love of his life – former Miami Heat cheerleader Nikki Sapp.

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    Now, they’ve been happily married for four years and counting with two adorable sons.

    A Miami Herald article revealed that the 33-year-old Sapp started dancing at Heat games in 2006, and that’s when they met.

    Coach Spo, however, often preferred to keep his personal life private. But it’s too obvious he’s getting strong support from an even stronger lady.

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    Echoing an old writeup from Bleacher Report, it said that Sapp graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in Art History.

    More than that, she also manages art galleries as its director while writing for the American Contemporary Art Magazine.

    We stan a fine career-woman. On top of that, Sapp-Spoelstra is also an active ally of the Black Lives Matter movement. She’s not holding back on making her voice heard on social media.

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    Even more, she’s a renowned philanthropist and former educator in Sports Leadership and Management Academy (SLAM) in Little Havana, where she volunteered for a lot of charitable works.

    “You don’t NEED to have MONEY to make a difference. Your time, your positive energy, your voice, your social media platform, your creativity, and your loving heart put into action can make ALL THE DIFFERENCE,” she said in an Instagram post in February 2019.

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    After years of keeping it low-key, in 2016, they decided to get married. Guess where? In the gardens of Villa Vizcaya, Miami Lake, of course.

    And even in their wedding the graceful lady didn’t ask for gifts from their guests, she just encouraged people to donate to the charities they support.

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    Now, safe to say, she’s the Filipino-American coach’s biggest cheerleader. And on a personal level, no NBA title can ever top that.

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