6-Year-Old Elementary Student Breaks Down In Tears As He Reads Handwritten ‘Thank You’ Note To Football Coach

A 6-year-old boy is sending social media into meltdown after he shed tears while thanking his football coach for his hard work.


Jayden, is in first grade at Charles Elementary School, he surprised his coach with a gift and a heartfelt letter to thank him for making him love the game again.

The heartwarming clip was recorded on the school’s playing fields in Richmond, Indiana, shows Jayden getting overwhelmed with emotion.

He presents coach Richard Nelloms with a mug that reads ‘A good coach can change the game. A great coach can change a life.’


‘Thanks, buddy!’ Coach Nelloms says as he hugged Jayden, thankful for the gift. But Jayden also had something else for his coach.

‘Hold on, he’s got a little note he wrote you,’ Jayden’s mother, Courtney Wigginton, can be heard saying as she records the surprise.

The little boy then reads aloud the letter he had written for Nelloms, ‘Dear Coach Richard, you have been the greatest coach of my life. I love you Richard,’ Jayden reads, but his voice begins to quiver. He read, ‘You help me love football again. Thank you for being my favorite coach. Love, Jaden.

He broke down into tears and was again hugged by Nelloms.

Watch the heartwarming video below.

Nelloms shared the letter on his Facebook saying, ‘I held it together when Jayden was reading to me. But after I watched it, I couldn’t hold back my tears,’ he says.

‘This was something that I felt so lucky to have an opportunity to do … I felt blessed with the chance to be myself and teach my players how to have fun no matter what.’


Jayden’s mother Courtney shared about all the love and amazing responses she received when the special moment went viral. ‘I just wanna take a moment from all of this chaos and say, our hearts are overwhelmed!


‘The love and support Jayden, Rich and myself have received is unreal and I can’t say thank you enough,’ she added. This is the sweetest video we have seen all day and it has made our day so much brighter.


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