When the city of Brazzaville, Republic of Congo – Serge Ibaka’s hometown – was struck by a tragic accident earlier this month, the Thunder stepped up to help by raising funds for relief through an in-game auction and raffle.
It wasn’t the first time the team has worked with a player to extend our reach beyond our regular community programs.
In times past, players have asked to work with the Thunder Community Foundation to help support causes that they connect with on a more personal level or want to support beyond their individual means.
For example, on Sunday, the team worked with Russell Westbrook to host another special auction and raffle during the Miami Heat game. Westbrook chose to support Sanctuary Women’s Development Center, an Oklahoma City organization that helps homeless and low-income women and children to overcome poverty. With items donated from the Thunder, from Westbrook, from a local artist and even from the Miami Heat, the auction and raffle raised $12,500 to benefit Sanctuary.
If you’re headed to the game this Monday, April 2 (against the Memphis Grizzlies), you’ll want to check out another auction and raffle that stems from a player-team partnership. James Harden is helping the YWCA of Oklahoma City kick off a capital campaign to expand the capacity of their shelter for battered women and children.
Harden will put up for auction his jersey worn during Monday’s game, which he’ll autograph while meeting the auction winner postgame. Other autographed items will be up for auction, and a team-signed ball will be raffled off.
Stop by the tables outside of Section 120 during Monday’s game, or CLICK HERE to give your direct support to this outstanding cause.
UPDATE 4/3: Last night, our fans’ tremendous support helped the Thunder Cares Foundation (new name!) raise more than $15,000 to help the YWCA of Oklahoma City. Great job!
- Karina Henderson