Thunder Launches Sixth Black History Heroes Challenge

The contest, presented by Sprite, is open to students throughout Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY, Monday, Jan. 6, 2014 – The Oklahoma City Thunder invites Oklahoma students to take part in its sixth annual Black History Heroes Challenge, presented by Sprite. The contest, which commemorates Black History Month, will remain open through Friday, Feb. 7.


Students throughout Oklahoma in kindergarten through 12th grade can enter the contest by submitting an essay or visual arts piece portraying an outstanding individual in black history or an impactful African-American in their life. Entrants are encouraged to employ creativity in their entries, including photography, music, video, art or writing.


Winners in each of five age groups will receive a Thunder prize pack, including four tickets to the Thunder vs. Cleveland Cavaliers home game on Feb. 26, recognition at center court prior to the game, an autographed Thunder item and an award plaque. Select entries will be displayed on the concourse at Chesapeake Energy Arena during the Feb. 26 game.


Previous winners have included entries such as: a collage about one student’s grandfather, who was a firefighter; a portrait and essay about Martin Luther King Jr.; an essay about a coach who influenced one student’s life; and a visual arts piece describing a musician who served as a mentor to one student.


All entries must be hand-delivered or postmarked by Feb. 7.