Community Challenge Winners Set to Receive 'Thunder Experience'

Oklahoma City, Monday, January 23 – The Oklahoma City Thunder will deliver a reward for one of two winning teams from the organization’s High School Basketball Community Challenge on Tuesday night. The Santa Fe South Lady Saints earned a Thunder experience for their home game against ASTEC High School, which will include appearances by Rumble, the Thunder Girls and other Thunder entertainers.

The evening will also include game-night music, player introductions and game video analysis with the Thunder’s basketball operations staff.

The Lady Saints of Oklahoma City’s Santa Fe South High School, led by Head Coach Danny Boyd, were named in October as one of two winners of the Thunder’s 2010-2011 High School Basketball Community Challenge.

In performing their service projects, the team rallied around Boyd to discover how easy – and how rewarding – community service can be. Beneficiaries of the team’s service included the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, the Redbud Classic Run and the Arthritis Foundation Walk. Coach Boyd and his players said that the service strengthened the team’s bond and opened their eyes to the importance of serving others.

“Once they got a taste of it, I couldn’t stop them,” Boyd said.

“Putting them in a situation where they were serving together helped them to focus on other people [and] helped them to realize maybe that their situation wasn’t so bad. It drew us together as a team in ways I can’t explain,” he added.

The Thunder will host a game-night experience for the other winning team, the varsity boys of Wilson High School (Wilson, Okla.), on Feb. 6.