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Thunder extends Black History Heroes Challenge deadline for students to Feb. 12

by Erik Horne Published: February 7, 2014

The Oklahoma City Thunder is calling for students to take part in its sixth annual Black History Heroes Challenge, in which the deadline for submissions has been extended to Feb. 12.

Oklahoma students in Kindergarten-12th grade can enter the contest by submitting an essay or visual arts piece portraying an outstanding individual in black history or an impactful African-American in their life.

Winners in each of five age groups will receive a Thunder prize pack, including four tickets to the Thunder vs. Cleveland Cavaliers home game on Feb. 26, recognition at center court prior to the game, an autographed Thunder item and an award plaque. Select entries will be displayed on the concourse at Chesapeake Energy Arena during the Feb. 26 game.

Previous winners have included entries such as: a collage about one student’s grandfather, who was a firefighter; a portrait and essay about Martin Luther King Jr.; an essay about a coach who influenced one student’s life; and a visual arts piece describing a musician who served as a mentor to one student.

All entries must be hand-delivered or postmarked by 5 p.m. on Feb. 12. For more information, including an entry form, visit

by Erik Horne
Online Sports Editor
Erik Horne joined The Oklahoman as a sports web editor/producer in September 2013, following a five-year stint at The Ardmoreite (Ardmore) – first as a sports writer, then sports editor. At The Ardmoreite, Horne reported on everything from prep...
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