It’s a new era in Oklahoma City with the hometown Thunder having undergone a complete transformation.
Gone are the days of fan favorites Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant, but one thing has remained the same. The organization’s dedication to Oklahoma’s youth.
On Tuesday, the Thunder Youth Basketball Program and its manager Michelle Matthews visited the Ardmore YMCA, teaching kids the fundamentals of basketball.
“OG&E initiated the idea, they wanted to bring local kids from the community one last time for the summer,” Matthews said. “So they are getting a youth basketball camp, it’s a hustle camp. So they are going to go over the basic fundamental instructions with our youth basketball coaches.”
This is the second time the Thunder Youth Basketball Program has visited Ardmore, the first visit came during the summer of 2017.
Around 65 kids attended Tuesday’s camp,  each receiving a t-shirt, Thunder basketball and water bottle.
“We feel the support and Thunder love all season long,” Matthews said. “This is a way for us to go back into those communities (Ardmore), where they don’t have to travel, we come to them and kind of give the love back. Ardmore is a huge support base for us.”
Later in the year, the Ardmore YMCA will become a part of the Thunder YMCA basketball league.
The Thunder returned to the Ardmore area with the help of the OG&E.
While the kids learn drills from former college players and assistants, their parents were educated on the OG&E weatherization program.
Families making less than $60,000 combined per year were given an opportunity to learn about the company’s energy efficiency programs. The program offers families at no cost: Attic insulation, air sealing, duct sealing, window caulking, door weatherstripping and LED light bulbs.
OG&E Education Program Manager Jeannie Troxel-Stover and community manager for the Ardmore area Richard Delano were both on site during the program.
After driving around the state, Troxel-Stover picked Ardmore as the city best suited to help out with the weatherization program.
“We saw a need in this community,” Troxel-Stover said. “So we reached out and chose Ardmore.”
Around 50 of the 65 kid’s families that attended the camp received help from OG&E with the weatherization program.
Ardmore was the final visit for the Thunder Youth Basketball program that is wrapping up its summer tour.
“This community is so supportive of basketball,” Matthews said. “These kids walked in, they had their shoes, they had their gear. What I liked about this community is not one kid walked in and didn’t know someone. This is where they grow up, this is where they play, this is where they go to school. Clearly this is a place where they love basketball.”