Kyle Alan Denham Scholarship Fund at University Liggett School
Scholarship, Leadership, Achievement, Community.
University Liggett School is “Shaping Lives that Shape Lives”
Reflections from some of the individuals who knew Kyle best:
Kyle Denham represented all that was good about University Liggett School, Detroit and our nation. Whether you were rich or poor, male or female, black or white, an adult or a student, he would be your friend. He was an amazing young man, a joy to all who knew him.”
While teaching social studies over a period of three decades, I sometimes encountered the situation that a younger brother would have difficulty stepping out of the shadow of a high achieving, very responsible older sister. Kyle was certainly an exception. He never missed an assignment, always strove for an A on tests and research projects. He was always a model citizen. He brought his wonderful smile and quiet strength to class each day. He worked well in small group exercises, usually the team leader, but would allow someone else to be the main presenter; a foreshadowing of his strong camaraderie and leadership on the athletic field. Moreover, his early interest in history and politics would continue to intensify leading to his choice of majors at Duke and his early career.”
Kyle was an outstanding example of a human being. I had a deep admiration and respect for him. I think what I will remember most is how he was always smiling and how you just always felt better when he was around. Kyle was such a positive influence on me. No one who knew him will ever forget him.”
No. 88 rising out of the air to intercept that pass in Harper Woods, sealing the victory; that JV team with him on the right wing and Justin Macksoud throwing the pass…the best HS fast break since 1960-61; the smile; where he was standing in my office the last time he came to visit; the bookmark I carry with me all the time, made for the funeral.”
Kyle was a happy, polite, respectful child and young man. As an athlete, Kyle was focused, dedicated and a competitor. He was a team player who understood the importance of being part of something bigger than himself. During his time as a Summer Day Camp counselor, Kyle was gentle and served as a role model for the young campers for whom he was responsible.
I was privileged to work with Kyle for seven years at University Liggett School as a teacher and coach. Kyle was a hard-working young man who exemplified how academics and athletics go hand-in-hand. He was a student of the games of football and basketball. He was a silent assassin on the athletic fields and courts. He observed the weaknesses of the opponent and what they liked to do and then took advantage of it. He was a big part of our athletic success and a fine representative of University Liggett School in both academic and athletic endeavors.