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Thunder: Even putting shirts on chairs is a big deal

by Jenni Carlson Modified: April 18, 2013 at 3:02 pm •  Published: June 9, 2012

during Game 2 in the second round of the NBA playoffs between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the L.A. Lakers at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Tuesday,  May 15, 2012, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman
during Game 2 in the second round of the NBA playoffs between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the L.A. Lakers at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Tuesday, May 15, 2012, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman

Kelli Dupuy sent out the all-call at 9:54 a.m.

The director of marketing and development for Sunbeam Family Services needed volunteers to help place shirts on the chairs at The Peake before Game 1 and 2 of the NBA Finals. The Thunder and her group work together on all sorts of different projects, so when they asked for Sunbeam’s help, Dupuy sent out an email.

Nineteen minutes later, she sent out another.

“WOW!” she wrote. “That was FAST — we are all booked for both games!”

It’s more evidence of just how rampant Thunder Mania has become. People are jumping at the chance to be part of the fun — even if that means putting T-shirts on seats.

And just so you know, everyone who does has to volunteer for a couple hours and follow these eight guidelines as spelled out in Dupuy’s email:

1. All volunteers will need to provide a valid photo id (either a school or driver license) to enter the arena.

2. Once names have been submitted to me from the organization, we cannot accept any additional add-ons.

3. All volunteers must be at least 16 years or older to participate.

4. We ask that ALL volunteers not release any photos or information about the day through their social media outlets, i.e. Facebook, Twitter, etc.

5. Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes. There will be a lot of walking up and down stairs.

6. All volunteers will need to be physically able to handle going up and down stairs and carrying loads of T-shirts.

7. All volunteers must stay in the bowl area during the day. All restricted areas will be off limits, i.e. locker rooms and press area.

8. All volunteers will need to complete a signed waiver before they start.

Who knew it took so much to place T-shirts on seats?

Here’s guessing that if there were twice or three times as many guidelines, those volunteer spots would’ve filled up just as quickly. Thunder fans want to have a hand in this journey, even if the hands are laying shirts on a chair.

 

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Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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