Whitney Wofford wanted to reach out and touch someone

Wofford wasn’t the most recognizable athlete at Sooners for N7, an event done recently by OU athletes to promote healthy, active lifestyles to Native American kids. Trevor Knight was there. So were Ryan Spangler and Isaiah Cousins. Everyone knows who they are and what they do.
by Jenni Carlson Modified: April 15, 2014 at 7:26 pm •  Published: April 15, 2014
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Athletes at Oregon, Nike’s flagship university, do an N7 event, but theirs is for high school students.

OU’s would be for kids ages 10 to 12.

“I did have kind of a big, crazy idea,” Wofford admitted.

As she talked, some of kids from the Cherokee, Muscogee (Creek), Chickasaw and Choctaw tribes were coming through an entrance to the football practice field. More than 200 would check in before the day was done.

“And most of it’s panned out the way we envisioned it,” Wofford said.

Putting on Sooners for N7 took help from a lot of people, of course. The other athletes in the advisory council’s executive group. Juliana Smith, a graduate assistant in the athletic department. Carol Ludvigson, the director of student-athlete development. Nicki Moore, the senior associate athletic director who oversees student life. Then, there were 200 Sooner athletes who volunteered and helped at the event.

But it all started with Wofford, and she felt a duty to see it through. Even though she’s a full-time student and a full-time athlete, she still found time to plan — though it sometimes happened in unlikely places.

“I’d work on it in practice while I’m on the court,” she said. “I’d be practicing, and I’ll be like ... ‘Forehand, and Station No. 8 should be hula hoop.’”

She laughed.

“Don’t need to tell my coach that. He’ll kill me.”

That seems unlikely, especially with the success of Sooners for N7. There is already a waiting list for next year.

Maybe that notion of changing the world isn’t so crazy after all.

“The world’s not going to get changed if someone doesn’t try,” Wofford said. “If everyone thinks they can’t, it never will change.”

She shrugged.

“I just want to do something great.”

Seems like she already has.

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Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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