Dear Don Sammons,
You Coached the University of Illinois Men’s Swimming Team when Doug swam there. When I met Doug, 31 years ago now, he told me about you. Over and over. And during those 31 years I’ve heard him tell our kids about you. Over and over.
And during those years I’ve seen the letters and cards from you come into our house. He reads every word, your words of support and guidance and even training sets. He shows me. He shows our kids. You have been an unending source of love and support for Doug and I have been astonished at your consistency and at your uncanny ability to say just the right thing to him at just the right time.
I can’t begin to tell you what you have meant to him.
Thanks for sending this letter of support to him as he gets ready to leave for his big swim. I’ll be by his side in England and I’ll keep your letter with us.
All my love,