The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

December 11, 2012

Thunder at 4 p.m.: Players reach out to the community


Norman Transcript / CNHI News Service

NORMAN, Okla. — Even though the Thunder are in the midst of a season high eight game winning streak, the team showed why it has quickly become a integral part of the community in Oklahoma.

The entire roster took a group of children and their grandparents Christmas shopping Monday night at a local Target

“It’s like a milestone in a kid’s life to have their first Christmas they can remember or to test out a bike,” Kevin Durant said. “It feels good to be a part of it and I’m happy I could bring a smile to their faces.”

The players were joined by the Thunder Girls and Rumble the mascot.

The Thunder Shopping Spree allowed children who are a part of the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren program to have a $500 Target holiday shopping trip. The children’s grandparents were awarded an extra $500 to spend on essentials and holiday gifts.

The event, which has been a tradition all five seasons the team has been in Oklahoma City, is part of the Thunder’s Holiday Assist program.

“I think the city has had an impact on us more than anything,” Russell Westbrook said. “I think the fans and the kids, the families have done a tremendous job of welcoming us with open arms and it’s just a great feeling for all of us.”