Access Sports would like to say “THANK YOU” to all of our sponsors and attendees for our 2013 Devon Energy College Basketball Awards. Without your support Access Sports would not be able to accomplish our mission specific programs. We look forward to working with everyone to the future.
During the coming year- Access Sports will distribute an electronic newsletter to all our friends, sponsors and supporters, as well as those we hope will consider supporting us in the future. Through this communication, we will provide continuous updates on the events Access Sports is producing as well as reminders of important dates for our two fund-raising events.
In April of this year- Access Sports produced the College Basketball Awards which, for the first time in College Basketball history, brought all four of the most prestigious NCAA Basketball awards to one event in Oklahoma City. The Oscar Robertson National Player of the Year Trophy, the Henry Iba National Coach of the Year Award, the Wayman Tisdale Freshman Player of the Year Award and the Tisdale Humanitarian Award were all presented in one star-studded gala at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. This year's event was a resounding success with Michigan's Trey Burke, Miami Coach Jim Larranaga, Oklahoma State's Marcus Smart and Michigan State Coach Tom Izzo on hand to accept their respective awards in person.
We also sponsored the Quails Forever Golf Tournament which provides funding to allow Access Sports to host three events during the upcoming year, including a Military Day for 150 youth and two separate skeet shooting events where we will bring youth together to learn the importance of the outdoors, safety procedures with firearms and the importance of our Armed Forces.
Additionally, we recently hosted the Police Athletic League Rally Ball competition in which another 150 kids came to the Santa Fe Life Center to compete against each other in groups of 25 in Rally Ball, which is a group tennis game played on a regulation tennis court. Upcoming, our final event of the quarter will be the second annual Jim Thorpe Native American Games which begins on June 9th with an opening ceremony at Remington Park. Overall, the Games will utilize more than 30 venues for 20 different sports played through Saturday the 15th here in Oklahoma City.
As you will see in the coming months, Access Sports has become an active organization with a year-round mission that has diversified into 35 different activities for the youth in the State of Oklahoma. As a result of growth, we have hired a new Event and Fundraising Coordinator. Allison Kliewer (pronounced Kleever) is a recent graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma. She has been a volunteer for us the past three years and has already earned the respect of everyone at Access Sports. Her willingness to listen, learn and demand results of herself brings just the right addition to Access Sports. Allison will begin working to fill our new College Basketball Awards Golf Classic event with teams and sponsors.
Thank you to Devon Energy, Integris Health and Shields Pipe for continuing to support Access Sports. This type of support for our organization enables us to produce all of the events discussed above and more that are becoming a tradition for Oklahoma. Thank you for your friendship and for your support of Access Sports. Through your support, we are changing lives of youth in Oklahoma.
Access Sports, Inc.