Thunder Honors ‘Her Time to Play'

Story by Jimmy Do | Photography by Zach Beeker

Fueled by boisterous cheers and manic hand-clapping, the student athletes sweated through drill after drill inside the gym of Bishop McGuinness High School.

Thunder teammates Patrick Patterson and Deonte Burton made an unexpected visit to lead the drills with the girls volleyball and basketball teams during a Thunder Fit Clinic, presented by Homeland.

For Patterson, the fun-filled day gave him the opportunity to stoke the students’ competitive fire while delivering celebratory high-fives along the way.

“It’s all about encouragement and empowerment and letting them know they can achieve whatever goals they set,” said Patterson.

The Friday afternoon sweat session was the Thunder’s first all-female athlete event in support of Jr. NBA’s weeklong Her Time to Play initiative.

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Patrick Patterson
Patterson defends the paint during the 2-on-1 drill.

Deonte Burton
Burton racks up the assists at the pivot shooting station

The Thunder duo share their basketball stories along with training and nutrition tips.

“It was a great opportunity for them to come and showcase what they do. It was truly a special time for us.”

Richie Henderson, Bishop McGuinness Girls Basketball Head Coach

Patrick Patterson and Deonte Burton
Showing support for all the female athletes.

“They deserve the respect. They're very talented. They can achieve whatever they want. ”

Patrick Patterson

Watch: Her Time to Play at Thunder Fit


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