OKC Thunder’s general manager is active member in community

by Darnell Mayberry Published: April 28, 2013
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• I think for any city, any community, any group of people, to have a segment of young students as a reservoir of energy, equipped with curiosity, is probably the most beneficial fuel that one can have.

• The Oklahoma standard is something that people have to experience and witness; it’s not rhetoric. There’s theory, and there’s practice. Some people like to practice, and some just like the benefits of the performance. Oklahomans are practitioners. That mindset is very much the currency of the city in my opinion. It is at the core of so many things, past and present.

• We can look at a lot of different strengths of this city, whether it’s energy, information technology, health service or the other industries that drive us forward on an economic basis. But in my short experience here, I believe the greatest attribute that exists in Oklahoma is that of the people and the civic pride that exists between them. Being around that sense of purpose and civic pride has been a tremendous experience for myself and the people I work with. It inspires your work and your perspective on your contribution.

• Thinking 20 years down the line is tough when you consider I have only been here for five. Though, if the next 20 are built on the same materials that I have come to know in the first five, I would have to think that the best is yet to come in Oklahoma City.

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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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