Sports matters so much more than the final score. Jenni Carlson has spent her career showing how sports acts as the connecting influence to make the world a better place. This is why we love sports.
 Mateo and Lilly Reynolds, recipients of The Oklahoman scholarship for the Kevin Durant Basketball Camp, are huge fans of the Thunder and Kevin Durant. Photo by Chris Landsberger, The Oklahoman.

How Oklahomans made a mother's Kevin Durant dream come true

Sports Updated: Thu, Aug 13, 2015

About a month ago, Jenni Carlson shared the story of the Reynolds family from Kansas City. Michelle learned she had cancer when she was 16 weeks pregnant with a baby girl, and even though doctors told her to terminate,...

 Boubacar Diahe reacts as Kevin Durant surprises youngsters from the Bethany YMCA Summer Camp at the Orange Leaf Yogurt shop on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 in Moore, Okla. At left is N'Diasse Diahe and Lana Daniels is at right. Earlier, the youngsters submitted ideas on how to make their community better. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman

KD visit is sweet surprise for kids

News Updated: Wed, Aug 5, 2015

Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant made a surprise visit to a Moore Orange Leaf to help launch a challenge to children across the country to come up with creative ways to improve their communities.

 Lilly Reynolds lives in Kansas City, Mo., but she proudly wears No. 35 for her elementary school basketball team. That's because the 9-year-old is a huge fan of Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder. [PHOTO PROVIDED]

Why Kevin Durant's camp means so much to a Kansas City mom and her daughter

Sports Updated: Fri, Jul 17, 2015

Lilly is a Thunder fan. Watches every game she can. Loves Kevin Durant more than anything. Proudly wears No. 35 for her elementary school basketball team.

Former University of Oklahoma football player Tavaris Jeffries, shown here holding his month-old daughter Taylor and son Nicholas, has put his playing career on hold while hoping and praying for a heart transplant Taylor needs to save her life. PHOTO PROVIDED.

Former Sooner putting football career on hold for ailing daughter

Sports Updated: Sat, Jun 13, 2015

Tavaris Jeffries is used to being in a battle. He is a football player, and an offensive lineman at that. Every time the ball is snapped, whether during his college days at Oklahoma or during his journeyman career in...

 Top row, left to right: Liv Godwin, 5; Addalyn Wauters, 5; Tinley Roberts, 4; Avery Gregory, 5; Pressly Atkinson, 5; Ella Melton, 5; Reese Hobgood, 5; Olivia Ojeda, 5. Seated: Kaiser Stout, 5; Khloe Kastner, 5; Kate Nabavi, 5; Kalle Hays, 5. Photo provided by Betsy Gregory

Team photo of Edmond softball team has gone viral because it's as powerful as it is cute

Sports Published: Tue, Jun 16, 2015

Betsy Gregory is a full-time mom in Edmond who has a photography business on the side, and last week, she took pictures of her daughter's softball team. The little girls have since gone viral on the internet. Hundreds of...

The Paddle People beat the padded walls of the stadium after a play during a college football game between the Oklahoma State Cowboys (OSU) and the Texas Tech Red Raiders at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Okla., Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014. Photo by Nate Billings, The Oklahoman

Paddle People becoming a fixture at Cowboys football games

Sports Published: Wed, Oct 1, 2014

OSU PADDLE PEOPLE — The group started informally in the 1990s but really took off in the early 2000s. Now, the OSU Paddle People are nearly 200 strong. If you’ve ever been to a game in Stillwater or watched one on TV,...

Keegan Erbst reacts beside his father, Scott, during a Sequoyah Middle School football game, Thursday, September 27, 2012. Keegan, who has muscular dystrophy and is confined to a wheelchair, got involved with the team after players Lucas Coker, Colton James, and Parker Tumleson, suggested it to the coach.  Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman

What it means to be a friend

Sports Published: Wed, Oct 24, 2012

Muscular dystrophy doesn't stop Keegan Erbst from being part of the team

Anthony McLeod hugs his grandfather Charles Hamer, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

Taking care of the man who once cared for him

Sports Published: Thu, Oct 10, 2013

Under the Friday night lights, Anthony McLeod is a starting running back for Coyle High. But the rest of the time, the 17-year-old nicknamed Woodle is the primary caretaker of his disabled grandfather.

Life-saving meds cheat Roger Wenzel out of competing

Sports | Published: Mon, Mar 4, 2013 | Comments Comment on this article Leave a comment

Roger Wenzel has Parkinson's disease, a condition that slowly destroys brain cells controlling muscle function. To manage the disease, the 64-year-old grandfather from Yukon takes numerous prescription medications. Among them is...

Kindness can be found anywhere on depth chart

Sports | Published: Mon, Nov 12, 2012 | Comments Comment on this article Leave a comment

The OU defensive tackle wanted to make a difference, so he reached out to Keegan Erbst and his Sequoyah Middle School friends.

Scott Bates smiles as he talks about designing NASCAR car decals. in Muskogee, Okla., Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013. His U.S. Marine portrait hangs on the wall. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

Quadriplegic chasing a NASCAR dream

Sports Updated: Thu, Oct 31, 2013

Pointing a sensor attached to his NASCAR hat at the screen by tilting his head this way and that, he designs paint schemes for race cars.

University of Oklahoma (OU) gymnast Brie Olson on Wednesday, March 30, 2011, in Norman, Okla.   Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman ORG XMIT: KOD  STEVE SISNEY - THE OKLAHOMAN

Brie's hero

Sports Updated: Thu, Mar 31, 2011

NORMAN — Hunter Olson dwarfs his older sister, Brie. He's a foot taller. He's a few dozen pounds heavier.