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.”

basket ball team to the rescue
Snow Canyon bas­ket­ball team to the res­cue

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 freshman basketball team after beating Pine View for the title. (Photo: Courtesy of Natalie Neva)
(Pho­to: Cour­tesy of Natal­ie Neva)

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.

Author: | Sports Reporter for The Spec­turm
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