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Black History Heroes Challenge

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Oklahoma City, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016 – The Oklahoma City Thunder invites Oklahoma students to take part in its eighth annual Black History Heroes Challenge, presented by Sprite. The contest, which commemorates Black History Month, will remain open through Friday, Feb. 12.

Students throughout Oklahoma in kindergarten through 12th grade can enter the contest by submitting an essay, poem or visual arts piece portraying an outstanding individual in black history or an impactful African-American in their life. Entrants are encouraged to employ creativity in their entries, including photography, music, video, art or writing.

Winners in each of five age groups will receive a Thunder prize pack, including four tickets to the Thunder vs. Golden State Warriors game on Feb. 27, recognition at center court prior to the game, an autographed Thunder item and an award plaque. Select entries will be displayed on the concourse at Chesapeake Energy Arena during the Feb. 27 game.

Previous winners have included entries such as: a diorama depicting Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, a sketch and essay about Jackie Robinson and an essay written in tribute to one student’s grandfather.

All entries must be hand-delivered or postmarked by Feb. 12. For more information, including an entry form, fans are encouraged to visit

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