By Brad Gilbert
Get your Thunder gear ready and bring your fun out to the Thunder court dedication celebration. The Oklahoma City Thunder and the Thunder Cares Foundation will dedicate a newly refurbished outdoor basketball court at Hoyt Shadid Park in Altus on Wednesday, Aug. 26. The project marks the 10th court refurbishment for the Thunder and the first outside of the greater Oklahoma City metro.
Representatives from the Thunder staff and the City of Altus will officially unveil the court with a dedication ceremony at 5 p.m. The City of Altus will host a celebration open to the public from 4 to 8 p.m., featuring appearances from the Thunder Girls and Thunder Drummers; the OG&E ThunderBolt, an interactive experience that includes a photo booth, trivia station and measure-ups; face painting; a moon bounce; and food and drinks.
“We are thrilled to take part in this project and bring the Thunder basketball experience to the Altus community,” said Christine Berney, Thunder vice president of Community Relations. “We enjoy the opportunity to create a place where kids and teens can further their love of basketball, be physically active and have fun.”
As part of the renovation, Hoyt Shadid Park now has a Thunder blue court with Thunder logos, plus new backboards, goals, benches and other improvements. Children from the Altus community will be on hand to help dedicate the new court.
The Thunder Cares Foundation serves as the charitable arm of the Oklahoma City Thunder, raising and distributing funds to support the team’s community outreach programs. The Foundation has funded the refurbishment of 10 basketball courts throughout Oklahoma, including three courts outside Moore schools damaged or destroyed in the May 2013 tornado, as well as learning and activity rooms at the Oklahoma City Boys and Girls Club, the City Rescue Mission and SeeWorth Academy.
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