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OKC Thunder’s general manager is active member in community

by Darnell Mayberry Published: April 28, 2013
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Sam Presti is best known as the general manager of the Oklahoma City Thunder.

But he’s also an active member of the community.

He serves on the board for the Oklahoma City National Memorial, runs the Forward Thinking Leadership Development Program, an initiative within the Oklahoma City Public Schools, and has been honored by Oklahoma City University.

What does Presti think Oklahoma City will look like in 2033?

Here is his outlook, in his own words, on how the foundation of this city has created the potential for a promising future:

• Because I am not a native Oklahoman, I want to constantly enhance my understanding of the city. I strive to always be listening and asking questions about the community, its evolution, the people that it impacted, its growth and really trying to understand what makes this city and this state what it is. If you want to contribute, I think you have to seek to understand.

• In my experience, this city has always been one of purpose. The leadership has always been willing to think proactively, proactively even if that meant at times making some early sacrifices for better days or more stability ahead.

• I have recently been fortunate enough to be around a lot of high school students over my time in the city, and I believe that there are a lot of reasons to be optimistic about the future due to the fact that the Oklahoma standard is something that resonates and is alive within them.

• In my experience, one of the things that has helped tie the city together, and will continue to do so, is a sense of purpose, a sense of civic pride and a sense of always seeking a better day; an authentic resilience to the path of least resistance. I think it’s tremendously encouraging to see the roots and the seeds of that thinking in our schools.

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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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