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La. Tech players give bowl gifts to Make-A-Wish

Posted on: December 21, 2011 12:05 pm
 
Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Don't have a rooting interest in Wednesday night's Poinsettia Bowl matchup between TCU and Louisiana Tech? With all due respect to the Horned Frogs, you might now.

Two Louisiana Tech players took the opportunity during Monday's Poinsettia Bowl community service event with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to donate their bowl gifts to kids involved with the foundation. Senior linebacker Adrien Cole and junior wide receiver Quinton Patton each gave away their $300 Best Buy gift card, with Cole also donating his Tourneau Poinsettia Bowl watch.

"They're just material things," Cole said. "They need it more than I do." (Watch Cole [pictured] speak with a Louisiana Tech All-Access reporter and the boy who received his watch in a CBSports.com ULive video here.)

"It was eye-opening," Patton said of the Make-A-Wish event in a CBSSports.com video interview. "You can't take anything for granted.

"I just did it, just out of the blue" he said of his decision to donate his bowl gift. "It's all smiles. He's happy, I'm happy, so it really doesn't matter ."

A bowl representative told TV station KSLA that he believed this was the first time a player had made such a donation at the Poinsettia Bowl.

For more on the Poinsettia Bowl, including picks, key matchups, and more, check out our comprehensive Poinsettia pregame page.
Comments

Since: Oct 1, 2009
Posted on: December 23, 2011 9:09 pm
 

La. Tech players give bowl gifts to Make-A-Wish

That's what the true meaning of Christmas is all about. Kudos to these young men.



Since: Apr 13, 2009
Posted on: December 21, 2011 9:25 pm
 

La. Tech players give bowl gifts to Make-A-Wish

that touchdown must have felt nice for patton.



Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: December 21, 2011 8:28 pm
 

La. Tech players give bowl gifts to Make-A-Wish

are Lou Holtz and Mark May donating their paychecks for calling the game?.....ya, i didnt think so.



Since: Dec 17, 2006
Posted on: December 21, 2011 4:17 pm
 

Hats off to Mr. Cole and Mr. Patton

Hooray for Mr. Cole and Mr. Patton. They have shown wisdom beyond their years.  I'll bet they got more joy out of the gift than they would have out of using their gift cards on themselves and will remember it longer.  It's a great story in the season of giving, too.



Since: May 21, 2009
Posted on: December 21, 2011 2:20 pm
 

La. Tech players give bowl gifts to Make-A-Wish

this is probably a violation of NCAA rules.
Don't worry, some NCAA cronies are probably getting their cut.



Since: Mar 10, 2011
Posted on: December 21, 2011 2:05 pm
 

La. Tech players give bowl gifts to Make-A-Wish

Classy move...someone raised these kids well...PROPS!!!



Since: Sep 5, 2009
Posted on: December 21, 2011 1:47 pm
 

La. Tech players give bowl gifts to Make-A-Wish

     Kudos to these young men for their generosity.  I am sure the youngsters in Make-a-Wish were very happy as a result of this kind gesture.



Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: December 21, 2011 1:34 pm
 

La. Tech players give bowl gifts to Make-A-Wish

2 years ago Texas and Bama players recieved $1000 gift cards.  Not a single player donated anything
it was a nice thing for these players to do .....but to condemn the others for not doing is ridiculous...these are not paid employees getting big paychecks. From your self righteous attitude I guess I can assume you are giving away all your familys Christmas presents this year?

 If you want to condemn people start with the college Presidents and administrators who gladly accept grift and payola from these bowls.



Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: December 21, 2011 1:34 pm
 

La. Tech players give bowl gifts to Make-A-Wish

This act of kindness is fantastic, but they are not the 1st to donate their gifts. Former Fiesta Bowl CEO John Junker and his cronies routinely gave lavish gifts and fulfilled many Make-A-Wishes to several Phoenix area strip club employees for well over a decade. Seriously, this is a great act of kindness on these guys part.



Since: Mar 15, 2008
Posted on: December 21, 2011 1:27 pm
 

La. Tech players give bowl gifts to Make-A-Wish

this is probably a violation of NCAA rules. Tongue out


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