New Basketball Courts Debut at 3 Moore Schools, Gifts from Thunder

Three new basketball courts opened October 22nd for three schools damaged by last year’s tornado, through a donation from the Oklahoma City Thunder and its Thunder Cares Foundation.

New basketball courts opened Oct. 22nd at three schools in Moore that were severely damaged by last year’s tornado. The project is part of a $1 million donation that the Oklahoma City Thunder and its Thunder Cares Foundation pledged after the tornado tore that through the city on May 20, 2013. Briarwood Elementary, Plaza Towers Elementary and Highland East Junior High are the beneficiaries of the new courts.

“Today is the culmination of our initial pledge to help the community and the citizens of Moore and surrounding areas as they have recovered and rebuilt following last year’s storms,” said Christine Berney, the Thunder’s vice president of community relations, in a statement. “We know that there are many families who remain part of the ongoing recovery, and we will continue to support them through our great community partners.”

Thunder Cares has benefited the Salvation Army of Oklahoma for its Oklahoma Disaster Relief fund, the Red Cross of Central Oklahoma for its Oklahoma Disaster Relief fund, and the United Way of Central Oklahoma. Funds were also used to rebuild public basketball courts in Bethel Acres and El Reno.

Last year’s tornado killed 24 people and injured 377, destroyed more than 1,100 homes and caused about $2 billion in damage. This March, Moore became the first city in the United States to adopt a building code addressing the impact of tornadoes on homes.

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