Elementary school coach Matthew Bailey got the surprise of his life on “Good Morning America” on Friday.
Country music star Luke Bryan paid the coach a surprise visit on the show during his segment.
“I remember seeing your story originally [on ‘GMA’ last year] and to find out you’re a fan of mine is amazing,” Bryan said via teleconference call. “Thank you so much for all your contributions to these kids, it’s so important. I had teachers and coaches that still have lasting advice and life lessons burned into my brain.”
Bailey is a coach at Manzanita Community Elementary School working with a nonprofit organization that creates recess and play environments for schools. When COVID-19 hit, the programs went virtual. He trained students through the computer and tried to give the children a “sense of normalcy”.
Funding for the program, however, decreased and put Bailey’s job in jeopardy. The staff created a GoFundMe for Bailey which Dick’s Sporting Goods Foundation contributed $65,000 to live on “GMA”.
“Watching everything you’ve overcome and still have the attitude to continue to get up and continue to give, to give back 10-fold, [it’s] very inspiring,” Bryan said and invited Bailey to attend one of his shows when the quarantine has been lifted.
“I’d love to get you out to a show and meet you personally,” Bryan added.
Bailey, who is a self-admitted big Luke Bryan fan, said that it was a “dream come true.”