Tears of Joy


The Coffman family had just watched the Thunder soundly defeat the Los Angeles Lakers in Game Four of the first-round NBA Playoffs. Eight-year-old Cale approached his mom, Dana, about a serious concern.

“I don't know what's wrong with me,” he told his mother. “My eyes have tears, but I'm not sad … I'm very happy."

Dana smiled.

“It was so sweet,” she recalled. “He had never ‘teared up’ or cried over being so happy before, so he didn't realize that can happen when you're just so happy. It was just adorable.”

For Cale, the Thunder has been responsible for many such joyful moments. He loves the team. His family DVRs each game so he can watch them over and over. He collects NBA trading cards in hopes of snagging Thunder players. He wears his frayed Thunder jersey whenever he gets a chance.

“Cale has strong feelings for the Thunder,” said 38-year-old Dana. “He will always cheer for them no matter who they are playing, and he will not stop or give up on them if they are behind.”

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