I hope this letter finds you and your loved ones safe and healthy.
We are nearly three quarters of the way through 2020. What an arduous year it has been. I am certain that, for just about all of us, it has involved schedules being changed, trips being postponed or even cancelled, business being interrupted, and some loved ones only seen from a distance. It is certainly not how I envisioned 2020 going.
Many of you are familiar with our Thorpe Team of 100. Each year, several of you are kind enough to join the “Team” by making a selfless donation of $1,000.00 to the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame. Your donation goes directly toward all of our Bright Path Youth Programs, which includes our annual Red Ribbon Campaign; the largest drug free initiative for our youth in Oklahoma. Although many of our in-person activities were interrupted this year, we still made sure that schoolchildren across Oklahoma were recognized for their efforts in the classroom and on the fields of play. We assured this by mailing letters of recognition, certificates of commendation, trophies and plaques to all of this year’s winners. We hope to be back on track next year and are even taking our Children’s Challenge to Tulsa Public Schools!
In year’s past, for those of you that have joined the Thorpe Team of 100, you know we have always held an exclusive benefit event to thank you for your support and commitment to our mission. As mentioned earlier, with the differences in this year, we are also having to take a different approach to assembling this year’s team.
Being cognizant of how we have all been affected during these times, would you be so kind as to make a one-time gift to us of at least $500.00? For those of you who will, in lieu of having an event this year, we are assembling a unique and special gift honoring Jim Thorpe to be delivered to you as a donor. Once these are completed, you will receive one as a Thorpe Team of 100 2020 Member. Along with your gift being 100% tax deductible, it will truly be a tremendous blessing.
Please know how much it means to me that you would consider this and potentially give. I am deeply grateful for your generosity and support.
It is because of you, we are.
Mike James, President Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame