Thunder Girls Invited to Perform in China

OKLAHOMA CITY, Tuesday, June 28 – The Thunder announced today that the Thunder Girls have been invited to participate in the 2011 NBA Lenovo Pavilion Tour. The tour is a grassroots event combining outdoor tournaments with fan events and interactive basketball elements.

This is the third consecutive year the team has been selected to represent Oklahoma and the NBA during an international tour. The Thunder Girls will be the only NBA dance team represented at the event. Team members scheduled to join the tour include veterans Riane, Sheri, Brittany and Haley, in addition to newer members Jessica and Marisa.

The team is scheduled to leave Oklahoma City on Thursday, June 30 and will return to the States on July 11. Their schedule includes sponsorship events, performances and photo opportunities with fans.

“We’re honored for our team to be selected to represent the NBA and the state of Oklahoma,” said Brian Byrnes, Sr. Vice President of Sales and Marketing. “We are proud to showcase our dance team and the Thunder overseas for the third year and look forward to spreading the Thunder spirit worldwide.”

In 2009 the Thunder Girls were selected to attend the London 5 United Tour, and in 2010 they were invited to NBA Madness in Taiwan. Fans can look for updates and pictures of the tour on THUNDER.NBA.COM or follow the Thunder Girls on Facebook ( and Twitter (@thundergirls).