NORMAN — Learn how sport and play changes lives the world over during the opening reception of “The Art of Sport + Play,” created by Kevin Carroll, from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, 2401 Chautauqua Ave.
Carroll’s first exhibition is a personal look at selected pieces of memorabilia gathered from his travels throughout the world. At the heart of the collection is a group of handcrafted balls, created by children with found materials from their native lands. The exhibit tells the story of the universal power of sport.
The reception will include refreshments, family friendly activities and guest appearances from the exhibit creator, Oklahoma City Thunder TV analyst Grant Long, OU wrestling coach Mark Cody and OU rowing coach Leeanne Crain.
The museum will accept new playground balls during the reception for the New Sports Ball Drive, a donation effort by the University of Oklahoma’s Leadership and Volunteerism division of Student Affairs to benefit Plaza Towers and Briarwood elementary schools in Moore; Longfellow and Irving middle schools in Norman; the Boys & Girls Clubs of Oklahoma County; and other local and after-school programs.
Each sports ball donated will provide one entry to win team-autographed balls from the OKC Thunder and OU Athletics.
Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors 65 and up and $3 for youth ages 6 to 17. Children ages 5 and under are admitted free. Discounts are available for military personnel and their immediate families.
For accommodations on the basis of disability, call 325-4712.