You've probably heard the old sports adage “there's no "I" in “team”.” A group of young flag football players in Tigard have learned that lesson at an early age.
They've played an entire season, not for themselves, but in honor of Cole Hexum, a teammate diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia.
After learning that Cole would be unable to play, the team changed their name from the Destroyers to Cole's Bros.
All the players have his last name stitched on the back of their jerseys.
Cole was supposed to play the game Sunday with the team, teammate Charlie Holmes said. “It's just really sad."
"It's actually been a good rallying cry for the kids," Charlie’s father John Holmes said. “They've learned a lot of life lessons this year."
Cole couldn't make it to Sunday’s game because he is still home recovering from treatment, but his parents were there.
They saw Cole's Bro's win 26-18 and win their championship.
Cole's prognosis is good and he hopes to be out there with his buddies for the spring league.