WILSON, OK - One high school basketball team's efforts to make their community a better place is a slam dunk, and it's not just the community that's winning.
Wilson Mayor Frank Schaaf along with Wilson Public School teachers and students gathered in the gymnasium this afternoon to honor the Eagles men's basketball team.
This summer the team entered a state wide community service competition put on by the Oklahoma City Thunder and won.
Senior basketball player Hector Rodriguez said, "We painted a lot and hung up signs around the town, we painted a lot I know that all of our clothes are all painted up."
Eagles Head Coach David McGuire said he heard about the competition at a dinner hosted by the Oklahoma City Thunder.
"I thought it was a great way for our kids to get involved with the community to help out those who support us during the seasons," Coach McGuire said.
Throughout the entire state of Oklahoma, 3,000 community service hours were accomplished.
Seven hundred and nineteen of those hours were put in by the Wilson basketball team.
"It is very, very close to having a third and what people fail to remember is, these boys were out there in 100 degrees on every Saturday," Mayor Schaaf said.
Coach McGuire said, "Now they are typical teenagers and sometimes they want to mess around but at the same time they want to make things look nice and they care about what their community looks like."
It took the sixteen young men four months to complete the hours, and as a reward for their hard work the OKC Thunder cheerleaders and mascot will attend a Eagles basketball game in January, just in time for the Eagles to get moved into their new gymnasium.
"This is an extraordinary group of young men," Mayor Schaaf said. "It's a pleasure to have them in our city and we need a whole lot more of them."
Rodriguez said the best reward for him was bonding with his team.
"I mean it was rough doing the community service but at the end of the day it was like you made a lot of progress," Rodriguez said. "You made the community look better and having pride in your school and community and everyone being together. I thought that was a pretty cool experience."
Coach McGuire said the people he saw most affected by this experience was his team.
They received many letters and phone calls expressing thanks from the community, and he said that is what makes this win so gratifying.