Young Child Smiles With Excitment After Minnesota Wild Player Waves To Him (Video)

hockey player charlie coyle waves at little boy

This week we’ve told you about a couple of amazingly charitable pro athletes who are making a huge difference in their communities. First it was Houston Texans receiver Andre Johnson, who bought $17,000 worth of toys for some needy kids—like he does every year. Then it was Memphis Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph, who received an award for his efforts to feed local families during the holidays—and then gave the shirt right off his back to a young fan with special needs.

However, while the actions of these two guys are exemplary, the truth is athletes don’t need to make grand gestures to make an impact in people’s lives. Sometimes something as simple as a wave can make a kid’s day and warm hearts around the world.

And that brings us to Charlie Coyle. Last Sunday, the 21-year-old Minnesota Wild forward was standing near the glass during warmups when a little boy tapped on it to try to get his attention. All Coyle did in response was turn and wave, but judging by the look on the boy’s face you would have thought Coyle was Santa Clause…and that he just gave him an Xbox.

Take a look:

So many athletes these days talk about how they are not and don’t want to be role models. But here’s the reality, whether they like it or not: they are role models. And all it really takes is a few seconds of not being a self-absorbed douche to be a good one.

Nice work, Charlie Coyle.

Hat Tip – [Deadspin]

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