Oklahoma tornadoes: Blake Griffin, Taylor Griffin host event for kids affected by Moore tornadoes

Thursday at Lloyd Noble Center, former OU basketball standouts Blake and Taylor Griffin hosted “Smile Moore,” a fun event for children affected by last week's devastating tornadoes in Moore.
BY JASON KERSEY Published: May 30, 2013

— Zac Selmon joked that over the past week, Taylor Griffin might have discovered his post-basketball career.

“I told Taylor that whenever he gets done with basketball, he's got an event planning career ahead of him,” said Selmon, the Sooner Club's associate director development. “Taylor's been on this for the past week, 24 hours a day.”

Thursday at Lloyd Noble Center, former OU basketball standouts Blake and Taylor Griffin hosted “Smile Moore,” a fun event for children affected by last week's devastating tornadoes in Moore.

There were inflatable games — including a slide and a bounce house — and other carnival activities in the women's basketball practice gym, and the men's practice gym was for kids who just wanted to shoot hoops.

The Griffins said Thursday's event would kick off their charitable drive effort, in which they hope to raise money to help rebuild Moore schools, parks and gymnasiums destroyed last week.

“We didn't want to do it through my foundation,” said Blake Griffin, a three-time NBA All-Star with the Los Angeles Clippers. “We wanted to create this specifically for the city of Moore so everybody knows if you give money to this, it's gonna go to schools, parks, to whatever people need.”

Taylor Griffin — Blake's older brother and former teammate both at OU and Oklahoma Christian School — said Selmon came up with the idea and contacted the Griffin brothers, both of whom live in California.

“I loved the idea as soon as I heard it,” Taylor Griffin said. “The hardest thing about it was trying to get it planned with a week's notice. But it came together so well.

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