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OKC Thunder: Thunder will salute military

More than 1,000 military personnel will be in attendance as the Thunder takes on Atlanta.
by Darnell Mayberry Published: January 26, 2014

The Thunder on Monday will continue its tradition of honoring the military with the sixth annual Military Appreciation Night.

More than 1,000 military personnel will be in attendance as the Thunder takes on Atlanta.

Thunder vice president of communications and community relations Dan Mahoney called the event an honor.

“The thing that we're really proud of this year is that we've had hundreds of our season ticket members give up their seats,” Mahoney said. “We have more than 1,000 tickets that have been given by season ticket members to us to turn over to military personnel.”

The team partnered with the National Guard and Tinker Air Force Base to distribute tickets to active duty military, the National Guard and veterans.

“We have great relationships with the military community at Tinker, Fort Sill, Vance Air Force Base, as well as the Oklahoma National Guard and Reserves,” Mahoney said. “We have a lot of fan support within the military community, and we have corporate support. We are always honored to pay tribute to our military any night. But we are also proud, for the sixth time, to have a game devoted to honoring both active and veterans.”

Events scheduled throughout the evening will include an auction, with proceeds benefiting Operation Homefront, an initiative to provide emergency assistance to families of service members, an opportunity to write letters to troops currently stationed overseas and an opportunity for fans to submit photos of themselves and loved ones in service that will be shown throughout the night.

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by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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