Teen helps former coach serving in Afghanistan




Posted on June 4, 2012 at 11:04 PM

Updated Monday, Jun 4 at 11:20 PM

WEST SEATTLE -- After his coach helped him out on the baseball field, a Seattle teenager is now returning the favor.  7th grader Kyle Joyce is gathering donations to send to his mentor who is now far from home.

Joyce’s former coach has been deployed to Afghanistan with his Army unit.  Joyce says the most important lessons learned from his time on the field had less to do with the game and more to do with life lessons.
“He told us we have to respect our equipment our parents and he always made us say thank you to our parents,” Joyce said.  Joyce’s coach was more focused on teaching respect.  
“That was kind of the biggest thing I learned through the baseball season,” Joyce said.  When the teen heard his coach's unit deployed he wanted to help.
“I want him to know that I respect him a lot for teaching me all this stuff and this is like a little way to say thank you.”
Kyle has collected items like candy, chapstick and baby powder for a care package.   Last week, he sold his own stuff at a garage sale to pay shipping costs.
Army Last week Battalion Commander Lt. Col Rick Robinson showed up with a special honor.
“It's a little coin and it says awarded for excellence,” Robinson explained.  “I thought that was appropriate for Kyle, this project this initiative and the care he put into it.”
We can't tell you who the coach is because of security concerns, but there's no doubt he made a big impact on Joyce.
“I want to send him a lot of stuff and hope he gets what he needs and thank you for serving our country,” he said.
Joyce hopes to put something in the mail later this week; donations can be dropped off at Holy Rosary School in West Seattle.