This 7-Year-Old Villanova Fan’s Letter to Jay Wright Is Impossibly Cute
Kris Jenkins‘ dramatic, last-second buzzer beater to clinch the title last Monday ignited members of ‘Nova Nation all over the country. But it wasn’t just students and alumni who went wild for the ‘Cats’ first title since 1985. A potential member of the Class of 2031 couldn’t contain her euphoria and pride, either.
Annie Seminack, a 7-year-old Nationer, wrote a letter to Naismith Coach of the Year Jay Wright with perhaps the best — or at least the cutest — words of congratulations he’s received since his team hoisted the championship trophy:
Despite Annie’s obvious love of Villanova, children’s strengths don’t tend to include staying up late.
Mike Seminack, Annie’s father and a Villanova graduate from the Class of 1993, tells Philly Mag that his daughter was asleep by halftime of Villanova’s battle with North Carolina. However, when her father showed her Jenkins’ dagger three the next day, “She went absolutely crazy,” Seminack says.
Annie became enthralled with Villanova basketball recently, says Seminack, as the hype around the Philadelphia area grew during the team’s deep tournament march. The Seminacks live in Oreland, Pa., and Annie’s brother, who is 10, also bleeds blue and white.
Seminack says that Annie drew a ‘Nova-centric picture in the wake of the championship, so he encouraged his daughter to write a letter to go along with it. I think we can all say we’re glad she did.
Aside from Annie’s handwriting likely being more pristine than my own, her letter also reminds us how we used to, and probably still do, revere our sports heroes.
Your move, Coach Wright. Oh, and Kris Jenkins — if you’re reading this — Annie says hi.
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