December 20, 2011
Earlier this month, the Doc profiled the different gifts players receive for participating in a bowl game. Some of the gifts are humble — see the New Mexico Bowl's "pen with box" — and some of them are absurd, like the 32-inch Toshiba flat screens dished out by the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas.
While most players salivate over their lavish gift bags, some, like a couple from Louisiana Tech, decided their bowl gifts would benefit someone other than themselves. That's why linebacker Adrien Cole and receiver Quinton Patton decided to donate their bowl gifts to a few kids from the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Cole donated his $350 Best Buy card and a $97 watch to a pair of Make-A-Wish kids. Patton gave his Best Buy card to a child as well.
"Material things come and go," Cole said. "But the smiles those kids had on their faces when I gave them those little things, those will stay with me forever."
Louisiana Tech starters Stephen Warner, Ryan Allen, Quinton Patton, Jay Dudley, Adrien Cole, Matt Broha, Colby Cameron and head coach Sonny Dykes all attended a Make-A-Wish Foundation event Monday evening with six of the foundation's teens, several TCU players and coach Gary Patterson. The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions.
"This is a life-changing thing, a humbling event," said Cole, who has a 15-month-old son. "These people are nice enough to make wishes come true for these kids. I hope I run into people this nice if I'm ever in the same situation."