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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

“Moore is right in between our hometown and where I spent four years in college. We're very familiar with that area, even though we never lived in Moore. It was unreal to see the damage.”

Selmon said they expected to host between 500 and 1,000 children Thursday. Planning the event on short notice was tough enough, but the Griffins also wanted to make sure to get the word out to specifically those affected.

“We took fliers to shelters, and we have a lot of the teachers from Moore elementary schools here volunteering, so they got the word out to their students as well,” said Taylor Griffin, who spent last year in the NBA Development League and is still working to get back to the NBA.

“A lot of it wasn't your traditional put it on Twitter. A lot of it was word-of-mouth and trying to get it to the right people.”

Around the time Thursday's event was set to begin, Norman tornado sirens went off and everyone was escorted down the Lloyd Noble Center's south tunnel to prepare for more possible nasty weather. But after a short time, the storm passed and the event proceeded as planned.

Selmon said the main goal was to “convey love and hope” to the kids who were affected.

“It's OK to laugh and have a good time and smile, because we know Oklahoma's gonna rebuild,” Selmon said. “We wanted to let kids have an escape to come and have fun.”