Child Receives Authentic OSU Football Helmet

By: Cathleen Moxley Email
By: Cathleen Moxley Email

For the past two weeks a local family has taken a ride on an emotional roller coaster, but now with the help of a college football coach, they have another reason to smile.

Ohio State's head football coach, Jim Tressel, has given 11-year-old Nathan Lewis an authentic, signed Ohio State football helmet.

Coach Tressel sent the helmet to Nathan's church with a note saying that he was sorry to hear about everything he and his family have been through.

It all started two weeks ago when an OSU themed helmet that Nathan's late father made was taken.

His dad, Chad Lewis, died just days later after a short battle with bone cancer.

Fortunately, the helmet was returned, and now Nathan has two special helmets.

"To think that a man who is as busy as Coach Tressel is, would take the time for an 11 year old boy that he doesn't know, but yet he showed his support and his comforting way; it means a lot," Tarri Lewis, Nathan's mother, said.

The OSU helmet was given to Nathan during Wednesday night's church service.


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  • by Melinda Location: Ohio on Sep 29, 2009 at 07:56 PM
    This is one of those storys that touch not only the heart but the soul of most individuals. This coach is very special indeed and deserves the recognition he has received for taking time out of his hectic life to bring such joy and happiness into this young mans life at what was one of the lowest traumatic moments in his life. This Coach shall be rewarded for his thoughtfulness and act of unselfish kindness when his time comes to stand before God. Many Blessings!!! GO GO GO OHIO STATE!!!
  • by ANONYMOUS Location: BELPRE on Sep 26, 2009 at 07:22 PM
    HAPPY THE YOUNG MAN IS A BUCKS FAN. THIS HELMET WILL BE THE SECOND TREASURED HELMET HE OWNS. GOD BLESS HIM. ALSO HEARD HE RECEIVED A SIGNED TROY SMITH FOOTBALL. WAY TO GO
  • by Anonymous on Sep 25, 2009 at 11:13 AM
    Thank you Coach Tressel for making this great young man's day. This was a great blessing to him and his family after all they have gone through in the last 2 months. Also, thanks WTAP for the great coverage. God Bless you all
  • by Frank Location: W'town on Sep 25, 2009 at 09:34 AM
    Now that's a class act, right there...regardless how much I can't stand OSU, I can't help but have respect for Tressel.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 25, 2009 at 08:55 AM
    Touch Down
  • by Buckeyes fan Location: Ohio on Sep 25, 2009 at 08:09 AM
    Did anyone expect anything less from Jim Tressel? He teaches to all his players that it is more important to be winners off the field as on the field.
  • by Anonymous Location: WV on Sep 25, 2009 at 07:13 AM
    This is Great!!! A Big Thanks to Cathleen Moxley, WTAP and all others involved with this great story and the outcome. Glad you got to do another "Update" to the original story.
  • by David Tim Location: Ohio on Sep 25, 2009 at 06:25 AM
    Who says that Jim Tressel can not win the big game. He just did!!
  • by Michelle Location: Parkersburg on Sep 25, 2009 at 04:51 AM
    What a fantastic act of compassion. Stories like this give us hope that there is a lot of goodness in this world! Thank you Coach Tress!
  • by Barbara Location: Coolville on Sep 25, 2009 at 03:22 AM
    Thank you, Coach Tressel, for giving such an awesome gift to my cousin & to WTAP for covering this heart warming story.
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