Thunder Celebrated King Life and Legacy

Week of events include parades, game night activities and service projects 

OKLAHOMA CITY, Thursday, Jan 12, 2023 – The Oklahoma City Thunder is paying tribute to the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

Monday, Jan. 16, Rumble the Bison, Thunder Girls, Thunder Drummers, Storm Chasers and office staff will participate in the MLK Jr. Holiday Parade through downtown Oklahoma City. In Tulsa, students and staff from the Thunder Fellows afterschool program will participate in its MLK parade. 

Also Monday, the Thunder is hosting a coding camp at the Thunder Launchpad Google Innovation Lab for pre-selected participants from Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary. Thunder coding camps offer hands-on curriculum that teaches students 7-14 to create and code their own robot, facilitated by iCode. 

The Thunder will also participate in the MLK Coalition Career Fair at Douglass High School. 

Tuesday, Jan. 17, Thunder players are scheduled to visit Thelma R. Parks Elementary to work with students to create gift baskets for residents at Mount Olive Senior Cottages. Thunder broadcaster Michael Cage is also scheduled to read I Am Martin Luther King, Jr. to students as part of Reading Timeout, presented by American Fidelity Assurance Company. 

During the Wednesday, Jan. 18 game at Paycom Center, the Thunder will pay tribute to Dr. King throughout game night activities. Rev. Byron A. Coleman III of Fifth Street Baptist Church will lead the invocation and quotes from Dr. King will be on display throughout the arena and on Thundervision and the chalk wall in Loud City will feature a mural of Dr. King. 

Carrying on Dr. King’s message on the importance of voting, the team is also using its Thunder VOTE platform to encourage fans to stop by the Oklahoma Election Board table in the concourse and register to vote. 

Rounding out the week of celebration, Friday, Jan. 20, the Tulsa-based Thunder Fellows program will launch its first cohort of college-aged Fellows. Thunder Fellows works to unlock new opportunities in sports, entertainment, and technology for Black high school and college students in the Tulsa area. 

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