JAWO, MORE THAN JUST THE FATHER OF BASKETBALL
Jaworski gained popularity when he played and coached the most popular basketball team in the PBA – Ginebra San Miguel. He has been known as the “Big J”, “The Living Legend”, and a Senator of the Republic. He may have donned many hats in his life but he considers himself, first and foremost, a father.
“I think if I own the world, I would have given it to them,” says the 67-year-old father of four, who named all his children starting with the letter “R” – sons Robert Jr., Ryan, Ron Michael, and daughter Ricci Elaine.
He admits to being quite a spoiler as a father, and more so now as a grandfather to seven grandchildren. Yet he never fails to impart life lessons and to lead by example. “I share everything to my kids, and now to my grandchildren. I extend to them lessons in life. I don’t lecture them though. It’s more of being a good example to them,” explains the doting father, who is equally a loving husband to wife Evelyn.
“When my wife is angry or upset, I just keep quiet. However, when I’m the one who’s upset, I also keep quiet,” he jokingly says.
There is no secret formula in raising a family, says Jaworski. Adding that, like basketball, raising a family also entails a lot of hard work. “But the joys that they bring cannot ever be replaced by anything else,” he ends.