"I am 18 years old and actually paid for my season tickets myself. I had always thought from when the Thunder first arrived that it would be really cool to be able to go to the games. Then the thought came over me that maybe I really could afford to buy season tickets — even at my age.
"The hardest part I thought was going to be getting my parents to say, 'Yes you can drive to OKC 43 times all by yourself.' But actually, they were surprisingly opened minded about it. They pretty much said, 'As long as you have the money and are safe driving back and forth and all your school work and grades are good, you can go.'
"I was able to afford it because I worked around 50 hours a week during the summers, working for the City of Clinton in the parks department, mowing all the parks here. Also, I worked part-time for my church. Now that the season is over I can tell you my parents did not pay one dime all year long.
"Some nights, I would actually come home with more money then I had left with because I would win something here or there. I actually won $450 from the Homeland Beach Ball Drop at one game, and I won a $250 K.D. jersey one night from the lottery table there in the Ford Center.
"I would leave Clinton around 4 o'clock, and it would take me about an hour and a half to get from my house to the Ford Center. Then, I wouldn't get home till after 11 each game.
"That was OK because I'm a late-night person.
"Being a season ticket holder is one thing I would not trade for anything now. It's one of the best decisions I have ever made. And I made it before they were good and now that they are good, I know I am a small part of why they are at that point now. Being able to see just how the team has grown this season to get to where they are is just amazing. It has actually inspired me for what I want to be after graduation.
"Before this year, I had never even given the thought about wanting to be a general manager. But ... I was looking at a story about Sam Presti and said, 'Wow, that's the most perfect job for me!' I will be going to OU next fall and majoring in sports management in hopes of one day becoming a general manager for some NBA team."