Hearing Impaired Girl Writes Thank You Note To Seahawks’ Derrick Coleman

Little Girl Writes Letter to Derrick Coleman

You may have seen the inspiring commercial of Seattle Seahawk’s Derrick Coleman, who, even though he has been deaf since the age of 3, has excelled at football to play professionally.  Well Coleman will have two extra fans cheering for him on Super Bowl Sunday.

Riley and Erin Kovalcik are identical 9-year-old twin sisters from New Jersey.  They are also hearing impaired.  Their dad, Jake Kovalcik, tweeted a letter Riley wrote to the Seahawks’ Derrick Coleman.

“I know how you feel,” Riley wrote to Coleman in the letter. “I also have hearing aids. Just try your best. I have faif [sic] in you.”

The twins first learned about Coleman through his Duracell commercial, in which the 23-year-old describes being picked on and told he would never succeed in football.

The girls made an appearance on ABC’s Good Morning America to talk about their letter.  “I like that he actually can understand about being bullied and he actually knows more you know, stuff like if you have problems, he’s a guy you can come to,” Riley said.

Riley’s dad, Jake, says he was inspired to tweet his daughter’s letter to Coleman because he was so pleased that his daughters finally had a hearing impaired person in the public spotlight to look up to.

“There’s not a whole lot of really high-profile people or even athletes out there that are deaf that kids like Riley and Erin can look up to…that show that if you work hard, adversity really doesn’t matter,” Kovalcik said on “GMA.”


“Just that she was able to put that stuff into words and talk to how she felt about it, it was amazing,” he said of his daughter.

After hearing of the touching letter, Coleman responded with a handwritten letter of his own.

Derrick Coleman Responds to Touching letter

And when it comes to Sunday, Feb. 2, when the Seahawks take on the Denver Broncos at New Jersey’s MetLife stadium for SuperBowl XLVIII, Riley and Erin said they will have only two words.

“Go Seahawks,” both girls said in unison on “GMA.”

Watch the interview at the ABC website.

Source: ABC Good Morning America

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