Two weeks ago, Cole Warner, like the rest of his teammates, eagerly awaited the ninth-grade basketball tournament. The freshman squad were coming off a terrific Region 9 season, winning seven of its 10 games. They were going to be the No. 2 seed in the tournament.
But unlike the rest of his teammates, Warner, unknowingly, already had his eagle project scheduled to take place the same week as the tournament.
“Cole called me and was asking about the dates and times of the games and I didn’t end up finding out until the Sunday before the tournament,” Snow Canyon head coach Ryan Hatton. “When I informed him that we were playing on Wednesday, I could tell he was in a pickle.”
Snow Canyon was scheduled to play against Dixie at 4 p.m., and if they won, they’d take on the winner of the Desert Hills/Hurricane game later that night.
The Snow Canyon basketball team came to the rescue to help put together over 500 hygiene kits for their teammate Cole Warner’s eagle project.
The Warriors ended up beating the Flyers, which meant that if Warner wanted to play later that night, he needed an assist from his teammates.
“I asked everyone the day before the game to come out and they did, and I didn’t have to bribe any of them either,” Warner said jokingly.
“It’s definitely not your normal way to prepare for a game, but it was for a great cause and it was definitely better than standing around waiting for the other game to finish,” Hatton said. “ All the boys provided this great service with a tremendous attitude and never complained and always had a smile on their face.”
Snow Canyon not only won both games Wednesday night, but also took down the top-seeded Pine View Panthers the following day to win the freshman tournament.
Warner then quickly boarded a plane before taking a humanitarian cruise down to Mexico to deliver the hygiene kits to those in need in Belize.
“It was very touching to deliver the kits,” Warner said. “Everyone was so appreciative and it was a really big deal for them. It was great to be able to put a smile on their face.”
The freshman made sure to note that he couldn’t have done it without his teammates as well as the community support and although he’s done with his Eagle Scout project, he can’t wait to go back and visit the people in Belize.