Young Super Bowl Artist Surprised By Recognition

Author/Reporter Tracks Down Super Kid

An 11-year-old girl who made an impression on a reporter and author from Boston while he covered the Super Bowl said she's surprised to be singled out for her artwork.

Kevin Walsh, author of the children's book "Follow the Dog Home" and a sports reporter for New England Cable News, was delighted by a self-portrait colored by a girl identified only as Breanna that was part of his welcome packet as he checked into his room at the Fairfield Inn earlier this month.

Walsh, a father of two girls and a Purdue University graduate, contacted the Super Bowl Host Committee in hopes that Breanna could be identified, but more than 36,000 children across the state drew cards as part of the Super Bowl effort, and there appeared to be no easy way to identify the child.

Walsh said he made more than 70 calls to area schools before he found Breanna Richard, who had just transferred from Indianapolis Public Schools No. 39 to Rhoades Elementary in Wayne Township.

Richard was only a few hours into her first day of school when the principal asked to speak to her. She was worried she was in trouble.

This self-portrait moved a reporter/author to try to get in touch with an 11-year-old girl who drew it before the Super Bowl.

"Yeah, (I thought that) a little bit. But I knew it was kind of strange because I didn't do anything," she told RTV6's Stacia Matthews on Wednesday.

Richard said she was surprised that Walsh thought her picture was so special.

"I didn't want to do it, but I did it and turned it in because it was school work," she said. "I didn't think I did really good at it, but obviously he did, and that's good enough for me."

Walsh said he thought Breanna would enjoy his book about animals, co-authored by his 10-year-old daughter, who would like to become pen pals with the Indiana girl.

Richard said she's looking forward to reading the book and talking to Walsh's daughter. She had a message for Walsh.

"I hope you enjoyed my card, and I hope you have a wonderful day," she said. "I love that you do books and draw and stuff, and I hope I enjoy your book."

Walsh's other daughter is working on a gift basket for the Hoosier artist that includes treats from New England.

More: Kevin Walsh's Quest To Find Breanna More: "Follow The Dog Home"

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