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Thunder fan Shelley Stevenson, Bethany

BY JENNI CARLSON, STAFF WRITER, JCARLSON@OPUBCO.COM Modified: May 10, 2010 at 12:09 am •  Published: May 10, 2010

"I am a 49-year-old single mom, third grade teacher who was divorced about 3 years ago after 19 years of marriage. It was devastating. I had to take on a second job. Life was very hard.

"Months afterwards, when I heard that OKC was going to get an NBA team, I was very excited at the prospect of being part of something great from the very beginning. I was raised here in Oklahoma in a very sports-centered home. But as I'd grown into adulthood, I felt like a girl without a team. I graduated from Cameron University, not OU or OSU, so although I love OU and OSU, it's only because they are Oklahoma teams. I needed a team to call my own.

"Also, at that particular time in my life, I needed something to be excited about again.

"Then came Thunder basketball. When the season tickets went on sale the first season, I was right there submitting my name. When my friends found out I was buying a season ticket, they were shocked — 'I didn't know you liked basketball.' But, boy, do I love basketball — Thunder basketball.

"In the two seasons, I've barely missed a game. As a mom, teacher and after-care director, I am being pulled in many directions all day long. My time at the ballgames is my alone time. I'm alone there with 18,300 other people."


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