The stands weren’t full, but smack in the middle stood a team of loudly cheering fans. Wearing matching T-shirts, waving posters, clapping “fan bammers” and yelling into megaphones, they made sure the whole stadium knew that they were rooting for their Thunder.
The athletes they were cheering for took their positions. They played hard, ran fast and pushed themselves to the finish. They didn’t always win, but they played with heart, and it paid off with a series of joyful Thunder victories.
This weekend’s OU Medicine Corporate Challenge gave our business-office staff a chance to switch roles with our fans and our players for a few days. We stepped into your shoes and became Thunder fans, pushing our team every step of the way from the sidelines. We stepped onto the court, the track, the pool and the field, becoming competitors.
And from the stories I’m hearing, we loved every bit of it.
Results from the Corporate Challenge have been posted here. We’re proud to have done so well and to have effectively represented our team, our fans, our philosophy and our community spirit.
With such a spirited crew, there were bound to be a few injuries. Office manager Jennifer is so hoarse today she can hardly speak. Community relations manager Wyjuana tripped while dominating the 55m sprint and ripped up her knee. And premium sales director Travis fell hard during the basketball game, later finding out he broke two bones.
About half of our full-time staff signed up for some event or squad and took part in the challenge; more turned up just to root for our crew. Frankly, between the intensity of our cheering section and the success of our team in several events, we’re just hoping we get invited back next year.
All things considered, I believe we met the one goal we set out to achieve: living up to the name “Team Thunder.”
- Karina Henderson