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Come Unlock the Mysteries of the Museum

May 13, 2011

Join the Jim Thorpe Association as we celebrate and raise money for the Jim Thorpe Musuem and Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame.  On Saturday, June 11th, the Jim Thorpe Association will be hosting the Night at the Museum Auction here at the museum.  This one-of-a-kind event, will be an upscale event with distinguished members of the Hall of Fame in attendance.  The event will feature silent and live auction items, a gourmet dinner, and music.

Throughout the year, the Thorpe Association works with various charities to give back to the Oklahoma City community.  This is the only time during the year where we will focus on fundraising for our state of the art museum.  The museum features exhibits dedicated to Oklahoma’s greatest athlete, Jim Thorpe, members of the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame, and all Thorpe Award winners for the psat 25 years. 

You won’t want to miss this event.  Click here to download a brochure or call our office at 405-427-1400.  Questions about the event?  Email us at

We can’t wait to see you in June!


Leadership Luncheon features Sutton and Switzer

May 6, 2011

A crowd of more than 450 people were entertained by Bob Barry Sr., Eddie Sutton, and Barry Switzer yesterday at the Jim Thorpe Association’s Quarterly Leadership Luncheon.  The three Oklahoma sports legends, all members of the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame, spoke for 30 minutes to the sell-out crowd.  Bob Barry Sr. acted as moderator, asking the former coaches about their thoughts on recruiting, the Oklahoma City Thunder, best coaching moments, and the differences in the NCAA now and during their coaching tenures.  Sutton talked about recruiting Bryant “Big Country” Reeves, coaching at Arkansas, and the Final Four.  Switzer told the crowd about signing Billy Sims, the win that meant the most to him, and the difference between the  college and pro game.

Coach Sutton talks about Bryant “Big Country” Reeves

Coach Switzer talks about his “best win” at OU.

Switzer and Sutton talk about the Oklahoma City Thunder


Peterson Drafted by the Arizona Cardinals

April 29, 2011
NFL Commissioner & Patrick Peterson

Last night, 2010 Thorpe Award winner, Patrick Peterson was selected as the fifth overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.  The cornerback out of LSU was selected by the Arizona Cardinals and should make an immediate impact.  He is expected to start opposite Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, a 2009 Pro Bowl selection. 

“I like the way he plays tough and physical,” Cardinals coach, Ken Whisenhunt said.  “We wanted someone that we felt could make an impact for us, especially someone now, not someone we had to develop… I think he could line up today and be a kick returner in the NFL.”  More on the Cardinals thoughts on their first round pick can be found on the Arizona Republic.
Peterson was the 18th Thorpe Award winner to be selected in the first round of the NFL draft, dating back to Bennie Blades in 1988.  Of those 18 winners, eight have been chosen in the top five.  Peterson was the sixth Thorpe winner to be chosen at the number five slot, and it was the second year in a row a Thorpe winner was chosen fifth overall.  Eric Berry was selected fifth in the 2010 draft by the Kansas City Chiefs.
Also chosen in the first round was Thorpe Award finalist, Prince Amukamara of Nebraska. Amukamara was selected by the New York Giants with the 19th pick.  Analysts heralded the pick as the “steal of the draft” stating the Giants will now have the best pass defense in the league.  Amukamara joins 2006 Thorpe winner, Aaron Ross in the Giants’ secondary.

89er baseball game

April 27, 2011

Looking for something to do tomorrow?  Check out the 89er game

ArtFest Award Winners Honored

March 25, 2011

Last night, the Jim Thorpe Association honored 24 Oklahoma City Public School students as winners for the 20th Annual ArtFest.  ArtFest is a component of the Bright Path Youth Program sponsored by the Jim Thorpe Association.  OKC Public School students are selected by teachers  to submit paintings and drawings.  Art is judged on creativity and interpretation of theme.  The art is then put on display at Science Museum Oklahoma for a total of six weeks.

This year’s winners were:

Elementary Division:

Overall Winner: Arely Bernal, Lee
1st Place: Jacquelyn Ibarra, Heronville
2nd Place: Verenice Sandoval, Lee
3rd Place: Briana Aruaz, Lee
4th Place: Maliyah Dodson, Ridgeview
5th Place: Alejandra Garcia, Britton
Fine Arts Director’s Award: Carlos Castillo, Heronville
Homeland Award: Chloe Mize, Lee

Middle School Division:

Overall Winner: Melissa Owen, Belle Isle
1st Place: Tashina Goodbear, Belle Isle
2nd Place: Mikayla Nevilles, Belle Isle
3rd Place: Roberto Anaya, Belle Isle
4th Place: Andres Solis, Belle Isle
5th Place: Mitchell Webster, Belle Isle
Fine Arts Director’s Award: Gabrielle Le, Belle Isle
Homeland Award: Yolanda Garcia, Wheeler

High School Division:

Overall Winner: Brandon Moore, Capitol Hill
1st Place: Dominique Dulaney, Southeast
2nd Place: Peggy Mosley, Southeast
3rd Place: Maricala Avila, Southeast
4th Place: Jeremiah Crawford, Centennial
5th Place: Jhayla Boone, Southeast
Fine Arts Director’s Award: Mytien Pham, NW Classen
Homeland Award: Brandon Allen, Southeast

All of the pictures can be seen on the Jim Thorpe Association’s Facebook page, but here are a few of the artists and their art.

Peterson currently listed as #1 Draft pick on Kiper’s Board

March 2, 2011

2010 Thorpe Award winner, Patrick Peterson is currently listed as the #1 Draft pick on Mel Kiper’s Big Board.

2011 Calendar of Events

February 24, 2011

Curious of what is coming up and what is going on at the Jim Thorpe Association?  No need to worry, we’ve got a calendar of events just for you.  Take a look, and let us know if you are interested in attending any or all of these events.  405.427.1400 or