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The Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame receives annual feedback from local organizations like the Oklahoma Chapter of Former NFL Players Association, the Oklahoma Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame and the Oklahoma Coaches Association, to distinguish talented and scholastic student athletes and exceptional coaches to honor.
The annual All Sports and Scholar Athletes Awards Luncheon is hosted solely by the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame and takes place each year in Oklahoma City.
Over two dozen high school students are honored and recognized annually for their athletic accomplishments and academic achievements, as well as, numerous college football athletes, one high school football coach and one college football coach.
Awards and scholarships presented at this luncheon include:
-Jim Thorpe High School Players of the Year
-National Football Foundation College Players of the Year
-Professional Athletes Foundation Scholarship Award
-Virgil Milliron Wrestling Scholarship
-High School Football Coach of the Year
-Merv Johnson Integrity in College Coach Award
Just as Jim Thorpe won international fame competing in Olympic track & field events, the Children's Challenge promotes excellence and competition, while building healthy lifestyles through exercise.
The Children's Challenge is a Bright Path initiative founded on the aspects of health and fitness through the vision of Jim Thorpe. It is a year-end finals track meet for all OKCPS fifth and sixth grade first place track & field finishers, in partnership with OKCPS.
Each participant in the Children's Challenge receives medals and/or ribbons based on what they place in each individual or group event. The participants of each event are invited to receive their medals and ribbons and have their photo taken at the Olympic style risers.
The Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame provides each participant with backpacks filled with water bottles, hygiene items, school supplies, toys and other donated items to take home as care packages.
An average of 1,900 student athletes from fifth and sixth grade compete in track & field, attending regional meets with 38 schools around the districts. From that, a total of 360 first place finishers from each of the 10 regions participate annually in the Children's Challenge.
"As a teacher, attending quite a few fifth grade graduation ceremonies, I often heard students say that going to the regional and district track meets was their favorite thing all year. It even beat out trips to White Water! They loved the competition and teamwork that these events provided."
- Dawn Chernicky, OKCPS Coordinator of Health and Physical Education
"My students look forward to our annual track meet [Children's Challenge]. They started asking me in the fall about making the track team! They absolutely love competing and through sports competition, we are able to help build school spirit and self esteem! Participating in school sports also allows them to feel a part of something. Belonging and being accepted is very important in the education of a whole child."
- Lydia Dowdell, Martin Luther King Elementary
The Red Ribbon Campaign is the oldest and largest drug prevention program in the nation, reaching millions of young people during "Red Ribbon Week," practiced each year in the month of October, from October 23rd-31st.
The Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame partners with the Red Ribbon Campaign and National Family Partnership as an Oklahoma Affiliate to initiate state-wide programming to Oklahoma public and private schools.
The mission of the Red Ribbon Campaign is to present a unified and visible commitment towards the creation of a DRUG - FREE AMERICA.
Our goal for the Red Ribbon Campaign in Oklahoma is to reach as many adolescents as possible and to teach schoolchildren about the harmful effects of drug abuse and the many negative effects drugs can have on their lives, while providing support and a foundation for healthy living.
Our partnership with the Red Ribbon Campaign reaches 1,786 Oklahoma Public Schools and 120 Oklahoma Private Schools, with an average of over 715,000 Oklahoma schoolchildren each year and growing.
The Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame provides every public school on the OSDE Site Directory, as well as, every Oklahoma private educational institution (as of 2018), an annual Red Ribbon Campaign Guidebook. All assembly, printing, shipping and postage of the Guidebooks are done in-house and paid for by donations only.
Upon receiving these guidebooks, every student has the opportunity to sign a pledge to be drug, alcohol and tobacco free, and those who choose to do so, will receive a Certificate of Recognition at the end of the school year.
The Red Ribbon Art & Essay Contest Celebration is an opportunity for people to come together and live drug free, Students are encouraged to enter the poster and/or essay contest, emphasizing Red Ribbon's annual theme.
The celebration is also a community outreach opportunity where law enforcement, educational organizations and/or government officials offer to engage and speak on the effects of alcohol and other drugs.
We receive an average of 1,150 essay submissions and 1,400 poster
submissions annually, which are
entered into the Red Ribbon Art & Essay Celebration Contest. These submissions come from both private and public schools in the State of Oklahoma.
The Children's Corner is a sports themed, interactive area geared toward children and families. It is based on the aspects of health and fitness, learning through play, and interactive engagement.
A table display where museum visitors can touch and manipulate sports equipment; such as, football helmets, wooden baseball bats and a variety of sports balls that will be halved to show the inner workings. Videos of the assembly process for each object will be played on a screen as a visual aid and learning tool. The goal is to provide a tactile and engaging learning area that enhances and engages the logical and physical learning styles.
A basketball themed skill testing area. Graphics of various basketball players will be on the wall to measure height, vertical jump, wingspan and size of hand compared to a basketball. As our main feature of this area, museum guests can test their athletics skills by jumping as high as they can to measure their vertical jump.
A recreation of a locker room. This area will have three lockers, dedicated to three professional sports team in Oklahoma City: OKC Dodgers, OKC Thunder and OKC Energy FC. In this area, museum guests will be able to try on actual game jerseys from each team. It will be designed as a dress up corner that allows guests to envision themselves as their favorite sports star.
Our goal for this project is to add an educational area of physical activity and hands-on learning to enhance the overall museum experience. The Children's Corner will provide an engaging area for people who learn by physical touch and interaction and will greatly add to the inclusiveness of the museum.