Blue Alliance Chapter of the Month - Tony Rabensburg
How did you get started as a Blue Alliance Captain?
While attending several Thunder games I heard and saw the advertisements on the big screen asking for Captains to apply in their area. I followed up and checked on THUNDER.NBA.COM and saw there was no Captain for my town, so I applied. Luckily I was chosen!!
What got you hooked on the Thunder?
I'm a sports fan anyway, with basketball being my favorite. A friend and co-worker of mine retired a few years ago. As a going-away party he purchased 15 tickets for a Thunder game and gave them to several co-workers to attend with him. We all met in Bricktown, ate dinner and attended the game. I was hooked by halftime.
At that time the Thunder was new to OKC and I'd only seen a few games on TV. When I experienced the atmosphere of the best crowd in the NBA, I knew that wouldn't be my final game.
The next year I became a season ticket holder. Now even my wife Tracey, daughter Amanda and son Tyler enjoy and look forward to the games right along with me. The Thunder players themselves and the way they carry themselves was also a selling point. The players don't just play for themselves; they play for all of us in Oklahoma. They seem proud to represent us and be a part of our great state. They aren't just good basketball players, they are "good people."
The Thunder organization itself got me hooked, as well, from the Thunder Girls, to my Account Manager Shelbi Watkins, to everyone I've been in association with in the Blue Alliance ... Everyone is very friendly and seems to go out of their way to make me and my family happy. How could you not get hooked on the Thunder?
How many members do you have in your Blue Alliance Chapter?
What’s been your favorite moment as a Blue Alliance Captain?
Actually there are a several. Having my chapter being chosen as Chapter of the Month is a big highlight. Another would be a watch party at Riverwind that was put on by Captains from Paoli, Wynnewood, Davis and Marietta – that was a blast, a good time with good people. Meeting new people, all with the same enthusiasm for the Thunder, is awesome.
Another memorable moment was attending the Thunder Girl tryouts, meeting several Captains and discussing plans for the future with the Blue Alliance.
Lastly, and probably the most rewarding personally, was sharing several of my season tickets with members of my Chapter who had not attended a Thunder game in person. They are all hooked on the Thunder now. Seeing the looks on their faces as they heard the crowd and watched the success of our team is very gratifying. Knowing I had something to do with making a new Thunder fan is very rewarding.
What’s your top goal for the next year in the Blue Alliance?
More of the same... having more watch parties and spreading the Thunder spirit!
How many pieces of Thunder gear do you own?
Probably close to 100. Being a season ticket holder has its perks. Just the shirts I received during all of the playoff games have filled my closet. If the Thunder sells it, someone in my family has probably got it.
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