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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Thunder Girls Kick off the 2008-09 Season 

Posted by Sasha at 9:13 PM ET


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Team Introduces Thunder Girls

Thunder.NBA.com
Oct. 14, 2008

The Oklahoma City Thunder introduced the Thunder Girls for the first time during tonight's preseason game at the Ford Center. The Thunder Girls will be the official name of the dance team.

The team consists of 20 dancers from around the region who will perform choreographed routines during select game breaks at all Thunder home games. The team represents the Thunder in the community, for promotions and at charitable events throughout the state and nation. The team of 20 was chosen from a pool of nearly 200 talented applicants.

The team will be lead by Dance Team Manager and Choreographer Sabrina Ellison. ellison relocated with the team from Seattle. Appearnce requests can be made by contating Ellison at sellison@thunder-nba.com


Thunder Girls Assist at Success Summit
Thunder.NBA.com
Oct. 15, 2008

Members of the Thunder Girls dance team joined the Mayor's Office on Wednesday to participate in the Mayor's Student Success Summit, an event that targets more than 200 ninth-grade students who are in danger of dropping out of school in the Oklahoma City Public Schools District, as well as Western Heights.

In the first year that OKC has held the event, members of the United Way, the city of Oklahoma City and Youth Leadership Exchange all partnered the event, which is a part of national efforts to prevent dropouts by America's Promise.

Founded by Gen. Colin Powell, America's Promise is a national organization focusing on helping children succeed through the use of non-profit groups, corporations, community leaders, charitable foundations, faith-based organizations and individuals.

The Thunder Girls and members of the NBA franchise's front-office staff handed out goodie bags to all of the students who attended the event at the Cox Convention Center. There were prize drawings, including Thunder apparel, designed to continue to motivate the 200-plus area teens to stay in school and achieve academically.

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