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Branches will serve over 13,000 athletes in 21 different communities across Oklahoma

Oklahoma City, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019 – The Oklahoma City Thunder and the YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City announced that the YMCA Thunder Basketball League has now expanded to 25 YMCA branches as a part of its year two expansion. Through this expansion, the YMCA branches will cater to 13,000 athletes in 21 different communities across Oklahoma. While the YMCA will remain the sole operator of the league, the Thunder will provide youth athlete and coach development resources along with both the Thunder and YMCA to rebrand league jerseys to reflect the ongoing partnership.

“Through this partnership, children across the state will now have opportunities not previously available to them through league play, high level volunteer coaches training and OKC Thunder activities year round,” said Chris Berry, Edmond District Executive Director, YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City. “We are grateful for the partnership between our two organizations and look forward to growing the game across Oklahoma.”

The YMCA Thunder Basketball League is a youth league partnership between the Thunder and statewide YMCA branches. During the 2018-19 season, a pilot program of the league was operated within all Oklahoma City and Cleveland County YMCA locations. In its inaugural season, the league had more than 5,700 participants, 1,200 volunteer coaches participating in the program, more than 600 teams being formed through the league, a total of 71 Oklahoma communities being served and inspired a 2.3% increase in participation across all YMCA locations.

“By expanding the league with our partners at the YMCA to further branches across the state, we are able to help foster a love for the game at a young age, and impact more youth through a developmental platform,” said Michelle Matthews, manager of Thunder Youth Basketball. “We are excited for the upcoming season and look forward to seeing athletes of all skill levels take the court in the coming months.”

As a part of the expansion, the Thunder will continue to provide exclusive clinics for YMCA volunteer coaches prior to the upcoming winter season. Volunteer coaches will also have access to coaching materials such as a basketball drills and off-court character programing.

The following YMCA branches will take part in the this year’s YMCA Thunder Basketball League:



Chickasha Area YMCA

Chickasha, OK

Earlywine Park YMCA

Oklahoma City, OK

Mitch Park YMCA

Edmond, OK

Rankin YMCA

Edmond, OK

Edward L. Gaylord Downtown YMCA

Oklahoma City, OK

Guthrie YMCA

Guthrie, OK

Midwest City YMCA

Midwest City, OK

North Side YMCA

Oklahoma City, OK

Bethany YMCA

Bethany, OK

Stillwater YMCA

Stillwater, OK

Cleveland County Family YMCA

Family YMCA of Bartlesville

Norman, OK

Bartlesville, OK

Denny Price Family YMCA

Enid, OK

Ardmore Family YMCA

Ardmore, OK

Shawnee Family YMCA

Shawnee, OK

Great Plains Family YMCA

Weatherford, OK

Lawton Family YMCA

Lawton, OK

YMCA of Greater Tulsa

Tulsa, OK

W.L. Hutcherson Branch YMCA

Tulsa, OK

Tandy Family YMCA

Tulsa, OK

R.C. Dickenson Family YMCA

Broken Arrow, OK

Owasso Family YMCA

Owasso, OK

Daily Family YMCA of Bixby

Bixby, OK

Okmulgee County Family YMCA

Okmulgee, OK

Rockwell Plaza YMCA

Oklahoma City, OK


Thunder Youth Basketball seeks to provide every participant with quality instruction, with a focus on defined fundamentals: instilling the importance of teamwork, creating a positive learning environment and increasing self-confidence to encourage hard work, focus and persistence. Through online and in-person instruction, the Thunder seeks to inspire a love for the game that creates motivation for continued play among youth.


The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the Oklahoma City Metro, 16 Ys engage more than 160,000 men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities across the country, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change.