BILLINGS — In the spring of 2014, prior to his senior football season as an all-conference linebacker at Montana State, Cole Moore made a 10-day service trip to Braga, Portugal, with Habitat For Humanity’s Global Village program.
While there, Moore assisted in the razing of an old house belonging to an at-risk family for the purpose of building a newer, modern residence.
Calling it a “life-changing” encounter, Moore — now Montana State’s director of football operations — held close that experience and has since organized a Global Village excursion for 10 current Bobcat players, who will journey to Krakow, Poland, next week.
The entourage will consist of Moore and MSU players Troy Andersen, Jacob Hadley, Mitch Brott, Wilson Brott, Balue Chapman, Michael Jobman, Walker Cozzie, Colin Hammock, Luke May and Kyle Finch. While in Poland, they will build a house for what Moore said is an underprivileged family.
They’ll leave next Friday and will return May 14.
“I knew (this) was something that I wanted to organize,” Moore was quoted during an interview provided by the MSU athletic department. “It was an experience that touched my life, and hopefully it does the same for these guys.”
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The trip will also provide the players with a unique cultural experience: Notably on the docket, Moore said, is a full-day visit to Auschwitz, the notorious World War II death camp.
All 10 players who are signed up for the trip are Montana-bred. Hadley, a sophomore linebacker/defensive end, is one of three Billings products, along with junior tackle Mitch Brott and senior tight end Wilson Brott.
Aside from the humanitarian efforts, the trip will be also serve as a team building exercise, Hadley said.
“It’s an opportunity to spend time in another country and kind of get a little dose of another culture while helping people out. It’s going to be a great team bonding experience. I couldn’t really pass it up,” he said.
“It was something that when Cole came to the team about I knew right away it was something I was going to want to do.
“I think we’re already a pretty tight-knit group, and I think after this experience we’re going to be even tighter. It think it’s going to be a very humbling experience, and to get to experience that with nine of your best friends and teammates, I think that’s going to be something that’s priceless.”