The Coldspring Trojan varsity basketball players and the Splendora Wildcats set aside the spirit of competition for the spirit of cooperation to help make a Splendora senior’s dream come true on Tuesday, Feb. 9.
Zach Mills, a Splendora senior trainer, loves the game of basketball but has never been able to play as a result of his battle with cancer. Splendora Basketball Coach Jason Vela wanted to see that changed.
“On Tuesday night, Coach Vela put a plan into action so that Zach could have his time to shine, and the Coldspring basketball coaches/athletes did a great job in helping make it possible,” wrote Splendora Athletic Director Marcus Schulz in a thank-you email to COCISD coaches and administrators.
Schulz said Zach went into the game on two separate occasions and was able to score 4 pts on the night. “The best part was seeing the Coldspring coaches/athletes come over after the game to congratulate Zach,” wrote Schultz. “The game was more than just a game Tuesday night!!! Thank You!”
Coach Jason Vela wrote a letter to the Trojan Varsity players, as well:
“Most of you probably don’t know this, but I have been coaching against Coldspring for the last 15 years here at Splendora. Over those years I have been fortunate to win a few times (not many but a few) and I have had some tough losses. Never have I driven home after one of those games feeling like both teams won (until) last night. Everybody won last night because sometimes winning is more than what is on the scoreboard. You were part of something special and you handled it with great class. Zach loves the game of Basketball probably as much or more than you and I. He fulfilled his dream last night... Thank you again for everything. I will be your number 1 fan the rest of this season.”
Congratulations to Zach Mills, and kudos to the basketball coaches and players for both teams, for showing the true spirit of sportsmanship.