Thunder to Grow Youth Basketball Programs

OKLAHOMA CITY, February 23, 2010 – The Oklahoma City Thunder today announced expansion of Thunder Youth Basketball, a co-ed program for children to develop basketball skills through clinics, camps, leagues and training. The Thunder Youth Basketball Spring Break Camp is scheduled for March 15 through 19 and is now open for registration, to children ages 5 to 12, at Additional programs are scheduled for the summer. Thunder Season Ticket Members and members of the Thunder Kids Club receive a 20 percent discount off of registration.

"These programs will offer a premier Thunder setting for our young fans to develop basketball skills and have a lot of fun in the process," said Dan Mahoney, Vice President of Corporate Communications and Community Relations. "We will focus on the fundamentals but also help them develop the concepts of teamwork and sportsmanship."

In addition, the Thunder announced its partnership with the National Basketball Academy, a professional basketball training organization, which coordinates youth basketball operations for seven other NBA teams, including the Cleveland Cavaliers and Orlando Magic. Working in conjunction with the Thunder, the Academy will be responsible for programming, staffing and executing all Thunder Youth Basketball activities.

These new camps and clinics will build on the partnership the Thunder formed last season with the City of Oklahoma City Parks and Recreation Department for the Thunder Youth Basketball League. This season more than 800 children signed up for the league, which runs on Saturdays through early March at three area facilities. This Saturday, three Thunder players will attend Thunder Youth League games. Kyle Weaver and the Thunder's newest addition, Antonio Anderson will be honorary coaches. Nenad Krstic will sign autographs. The players will be at Foster Recreation Center (614 NE 4th St., Oklahoma City) beginning at 3 p.m.

Information for the 2010 Thunder Youth Basketball spring break camp is below and will continue to grow as more dates and events are added.

Thunder Spring Break Camp
March 15-19
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Santa Fe Family Life Center
6300 N Santa Fe Ave, Oklahoma City
Boys and Girls ages 5-12