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Kindness of Rob Doyle '82 Noted by Indianapolis Star

October 25, 2001

October 24, 2001, Greencastle, Ind. - Robert J. Doyle, a partner with the Indianapolis law firm of Due Doyle Ewing and Metzger, and a 1982 graduate of DePauw University and member of the DePauw Athletic Hall of Fame, did a good deed that was spotlighted in the Monday, October 22, 2001 edition of the Indianapolis Star. Doyle, a star quarterback at DePauw who set several school passing records, volunteers as head football coach at St. Pius X School, where he teaches seventh and eighth graders the game he loves.

The team manager of Doyle's squad is Drew Ruckelshaus, an 8th grader who was diagnosed with leukemia six years ago and had never played in a game. That is, until Sunday afternoon. The Star's Jennifer Wagner writes, "when St. Pius head coach Rob Doyle called the Ruckelshaus family last week and told them the team wanted Drew to play in the last game of the regular season, it was like a dream come true. 'The cancer took away his ability to play, but it didn't take away his love of the game,'said his mother, Mary Ruckelshaus. 'He just wants to be one of the boys.'"

The 14-year-old did get into the game, and his team won, 22-11. "He's a great kid," Doyle told the newspaper. "He adds so much spirit to the team." The boy's father, former state representative John Ruckelshaus, said from the sidelines of Sunday's game, "It was really great to see him fulfill his dream. Today you had one hour to find out what's right in America."

To read the complete Star story, click here.

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