A heartwarming video of a first-grader thanking his football coach for all the hard work he does went viral, with folks praising both the coach and the child.
My hear can't 😭— StanceGrounded (@_SJPeace_) October 26, 2019
Jayden, a 1st grader at Charles Elementary School in Indiana, reads a special letter to his football Coach
This is so pure I'm crying 😭
Coach Richard is a HEROIC Coach
SALUTE ❤ pic.twitter.com/amA4gSgJ5Y
In the video, Jayden—a first-grader at Charles Elementary School in Richmond, Indiana—presents Coach Richard Nelloms with a mug that reads “A good coach can change the game. A great coach can change a life.”
Coach Nelloms gives Jayden a hug and says, “Thanks, buddy!” Then Jayden reads his coach a little note that he wrote.
“Dear Coach Richard, you have been the greatest coach of my life. I love you Richard,” Jayden reads, beginning to cry a bit. “You help me love football again. Thank you for being my favorite coach. Love, Jayden.”
This clip tugged at my heart strings.. 😢 pic.twitter.com/gpGvYY3dbN
— Feisty (@candy76_lor) October 26, 2019
OMG tears are flowing down my face!! 😭 This is so sweet! Coach Richard, I don’t know you, but I love you!! 💙💙💙
— Michelle Andino (@KhrystalChelle) October 26, 2019
I’m ugly crying. Beautiful display of genuine love from this young fellow and his coach. I wish they could infect us all. All we need is love.❤️🌹
— Phyllis Wilder (@phyllis_wilder) October 26, 2019
On his Facebook page, Coach Nelloms shared that he rewatched the video later and also cried.
“But after I watched it, I couldn’t hold back my tears. This was something that I felt so lucky to have an opportunity to do. I was so nervous at first, some of the parents had to tell me to raise my voice so they could hear me lol I felt blessed with the change to be myself & teach my players how to have fun no matter what,” Nelloms wrote. “It’s a dream of mine to make an impact on as many souls as possible. Thank you Jayden for allowing me to fulfill a dream of mine!!!”
Jayden’s mom Courtney also wrote about the exchange on Facebook, saying that their hearts “are overwhelmed” by the support they have received.
I just wanna take a moment from all of this chaos and say, our hearts are overwhelmed!!! We never in a million years...Posted by Courtney Renee' Wigginton on Friday, October 25, 2019
“They love and support Jayden, Rich and myself have received is unreal and I can’t say thank you enough,” she wrote.