While most fans only see the Sooners when they are competing, the athletes often make trips to schools and hospitals without seeking any recognition. The trip to Jefferson was unique in that it brought together so many athletes from different sports in one place.
“It all started when we had the OU athletes out for the Ford Foundation health Outreach,” Jefferson Principal Kathy Taber said. “Our kids were so excited that we wanted to grow it. Now it’s grown and it’s amazing. I would never dream we would have this many. We signed in over 450 people.
“I first aimed for 200 and hoped we would have that. This is an amazing response from our families. OU has a big part to do with it.”
The list of Sooners in attendance included well-known athletes to others who are just starting to make a name for themselves in their respective sports. But regardless of their popularity, they all had similar messages for children.
“Just that they really can do what they want when they grow up,” Fraschilla said. “If they want to be an athlete, they can be an athlete. And if they want to be a doctor, they can be a doctor. You just have to stay on the right path, stay in school, keep studying and don’t stop chasing your passions and your dreams.”