David’s Game Ball Delivery!January 03, 2019
When a resident tells us they have a specific passion, dream, or hobby, we listen! Through WOW! Moments, the True Blue team makes dreams come true. Read on to learn how we turned one resident’s love of a sports team into a memory he’ll never forget!
OKC Thunder’s Biggest Fan
Lionwood Senior Living resident, David, loves the OKC Thunder. He fell in love with the team when he moved to Lionwood from Richwood, Texas, 3 years ago. Today, he watches every single game, keeping up with their players and their stats. In fact, he knows the schedule by heart!
A National TV Star
A couple of years ago, ESPN visited Lionwood wanting to interview our residents about who they thought the next MVP would be. We took them straight to David. Reporter Sam Alipour was dressed as James Harden, and David let him know right away that the real MVP is Russell Westbrook. The interview was aired on national TV! It was featured on ESPN during the Thunder vs. Houston Rockets playoffs series. It was through this interview that David was named OKC Thunder’s biggest fan. What an honor!
Fun with OKC
Since that famous interview and David’s title of OKC Thunder’s biggest fan, David has enjoyed a number of memorable moments with his favorite team. He was able to meet Alex Abrines and Josh Huestis when they visited Lionwood last November. At that time, he got to be interviewed again, where he told the OKC Thunder reporters about the Thunder Watch Parties he hosts at Lionwood for every Thunder game. The reporters were so impressed that they presented David with 2 tickets to a Thunder game for his birthday. He was able to take his son to a game, which was the first Thunder game they ever attended together. During that game, the team wished David a Happy Birthday on the big screen!
The following week, on David’s actual birthday, the True Blue team at Lionwood took the residents to another game. David was presented with a huge bag of Thunder goodies to recognize him as being their biggest fan ever.
The True WOW! Moment
To date, David’s most memorable moment with OKC Thunder happened just this past November. The OKC Thunder and True Blue staff made arrangements for David to be able to deliver the game ball on Senior Citizen Appreciation Night with the OKC Blue (which is the OKC Thunder’s Developmental Team). It was a complete surprise when David was escorted out of the pre-game BINGO activity for seniors and told he was needed on the court!
When David arrived on the card and was told he was going to be delivering the game ball, he got so excited. He later told us it made him feel so special. The team gave David an OKC Blue shirt to wear. Then, he went to deliver the game ball to the referee before the game started. The announcer let everyone know that David, a current Lionwood resident from Richardson, Texas, would be delivering the game ball tonight. His picture was featured on the big screen in the middle of the court!
After the game, David was able to meet a couple of the players and get their autographs. He said it was an amazing experience that he will never forget! We put together a beautiful video about this great event below. Check it out; so much fun!
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