Southern Oaks Park Field Celebration

Sep 30, 2022

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In October 2020, we stood on the future site of Southern Oaks Park with several Oklahoma City community leaders to officially break ground on an exciting field construction project in collaboration with Oklahoma City Public Schools, Oklahoma City Parks and Recreation, and the Oklahoma City-County Health Department.

On Saturday, September 11, 2022—less than two years after breaking ground—we held a community field celebration and ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the official opening of a new public softball field, football/soccer field, and outdoor stage at Southern Oaks Park.

Joining us for the community field celebration and ribbon-cutting ceremony were Southeast Middle School student-athletes, South OKC community members, OKC community leaders, and project partners. Festivities included food trucks, field activities, and live music and dance performances.

The community celebration was sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma, Niagara Bottling, Echo, and OG+E.

The athletic fields at Southern Oaks Park were built for public use and will be a shared resource for student-athletes at Southeast Middle School, which sits adjacent to Southern Oaks Park.

As part of the OKCPS Pathway to Greatness initiative, a new outdoor futsal court, basketball court, small practice field, and small practice field were built on the Southeast Middle School campus prior to the commencement of the Southern Oaks Park project.

“Each new set of fields is a game-changer for our kids,” said Oklahoma City Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Sean McDaniel. “Southern Oaks Park is a great new chapter in that evolving story.”

Fields & Futures Co-Founder Tim McLaughlin added, “None of this would be possible without our committed donors and resource partners. We are blessed with an amazing circle of friends and supporters who share our passion to put more OKCPS students on teams and a proven path to graduation.”

OKCPS Student-Athlete Interview – Daryen Jefferson

In the last decade, our fields and playing surfaces have helped place thousands of kids on a better path in life. One of those kids is Daryen Jefferson, a multi-sport athlete from Douglass High School. In this OKCPS student-athlete interview, Daryen explains the impact sports have had on his life and how increased opportunities to join a team have helped him stay on the right track.

KiZE Concepts is Fueling OKCPS Athletics

KiZE Concepts has committed to donating 10,000 KiZE Bars to OKCPS Athletics throughout the 2022-2023 school year. This donation will help eliminate the barrier to healthy, nutritious local food for many OKCPS student-athletes while fueling them to perform better on the field and in the classroom.

OCU Stars Mile Night ft. The Simon Greiner Elite Mile

The inaugural OCU Stars Mile Night got off to a perfect start with more than 150 runners from OKCPS and around the state participating in 12 heats. The night was anchored by the Simon Greiner Elite Mile men's and women's races with OCU's Shimales Abebe clocking a 4:07, the fastest time in Oklahoma this year.

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