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October 11, 2013

Having a ball: Sam Noble exhibit encourages power of play



Forcing participants to “think outside the box,” Tregarthen said the exhibit encourages Oklahomans to get outside, play and act as a catalyst in life.

“We all can play,” Tregarthen said, calling Carroll an inspiration. “Carroll teaches through this exhibit how the use of play and work go together; that we should enjoy what we do.”

Carroll’s exhibit embraces his spirit of play and creativity to “maximize their human potential and sustain more meaningful business and potential growth,” Carroll said. One of Carroll’s goals is to inspire the next generation of dreamers, he said, and that is done partially through the Sam Noble Museum hosted exhibit.

“If I could sum up the purpose of this exhibit, I would say that Kevin Carroll’s universal message of play transcends gender, age and cultural boundaries,” Tregarthen said. “It’s a common human denominator and a way to live your personal and professional life.”

The exhibit is not just about art, play and red rubber balls. The exhibit is also about community. In coordination with the University of Oklahoma’s Office of Leadership and Volunteerism, Carroll kicks off a New Sports Ball Drive. The Drive ends Oct. 18 and all new playground balls collected through the drive will benefit local elementary schools, like Plaza Towers, and after-school programs. Carroll is also teaming up with the Oklahoma City Thunder and OU Athletics so each donated ball equals a chance for giveaways.

Other events being hosted as part of the exhibit include an OU Homecoming Four Square Tournament 5-7 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Sam Noble Museum. Another is “We All Speak Ball” Public Event Oct. 17 in the OU Oklahoma Memorial Union, 900 Asp Ave. One of the final events includes a public opening reception for The Art of Sport and Play 6-8 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Sam Noble Museum.

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