The Thunder also set up a mini Thunder Alley at Westmoore. The Thunder girls, Rumble, Storm Chasers and the Thunder Drummers also added to the event.
“It means a great deal,” Moore Mayor Glenn Lewis said. “We are looking at probably the best team in the country coming out and supporting us. It doesn’t get any better than that. These guys have been tremendous. They donated their personal money, donated the team money to help victims in the tornado. We’re just very blessed they are here helping us. I think that everyone that showed up here is a big supporter of them. It’s a mutual thing. They are part of the community.”
Being part of the community, Thunder officials know how important getting back to normal is for residents. That is why before the scrimmage, in conjunction with the Thunder Cares Foundation, Presti announced as part of the reconstruction of Briarwood Elementary School, Plaza Towers Elementary and Highland East junior High, the Thunder is going to rebuild the outdoor basketball courts at each school.
“It’s something we’ve done in several communities throughout the state,” Presti said. “One of the things we’ve been focused on as an organization is continuing to try to grow the game of basketball in the state of Oklahoma. The refurbishing of courts and building of courts, is one avenue for us to help the community. But also continue to stimulate the growth of the game that we love in the state that we love.”
For Jimi Fleming, Public Information Officer for Moore Public Schools, the gift of the new courts is bigger than basketball.
“It means a lot for the schools, one, because it’s a financial assist,” Fleming said. “But it means even more to the community. When you go to either Briarwood, Plaza or Highland East, those outdoor basketball courts, that’s the center for that community. People think about a school system and some times don’t realize how much a school can be the center of that local neighborhood. By coming in and installing those courts, they are really helping bring our community back together.”