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Sam Mayes

featuring Jerrod Williams of John Marshall Middle School

Community leaders across Oklahoma City are joining the mission to put more kids on teams by sharing how sports have impacted their lives. Watch Franchise Sports Radio personality and former college football All-American Sam Mayes deliver a message of empowerment and acceptance to an up-and-coming middle school football player.

Watch the StoryMake your #ForeverGift

Why We Care is a message of hope and encouragement, personally connecting one generation of OKC leaders to the next.

Sports give young people something to believe in, belong to, and build on for the rest of their lives. But, sadly, thousands of Oklahoma City children have grown up without access to team sports.

With community leaders across Oklahoma City joining the mission to put more kids on teams, Why We Care delivers a collective message of hope and encouragement to the kids and communities served by Oklahoma City Public Schools: “We believe in you. We’re cheering for you. We care about you.”

In the 7-minute Why We Care feature story, Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt, sports radio personality Sam Mayes, Star Spencer alumni Ayana & Duce Talley, and former U.S. Grant Lady General Brenda Hernandez offer messages of love and support to four young OKCPS student-athletes, letting them know an entire city is behind them and cheering them on, in school and in life.

In the weeks to follow, we will release additional story videos and share personal “Why I Care” messages from these community leaders and other Fields & Futures friends and supporters.

Why We Care kicks off an effort to raise $3,000,000, to complete funding of a $10,000,000 field maintenance fund, ensuring every field, court, and track we build is carefully maintained and available for future generations of OKCPS students and families.

Tell Us Why You Care!

Sports give young people something to believe in, belong to, and build on for the rest of their lives! We would love to hear how sports have impacted your life and why you believe in the kids and communities served by Oklahoma City Public Schools.

Can we use your statement?

Why You Care

I care because people that care for each other enjoy what they are doing the most.

Carol 
Carol

I care because that’s what my coaches did for me and I want to pass that amazing feeling on to my athletes!

Coach Levescy 
Coach Levescy

I care because sports gave me an outlet and a safe place away from home where things weren’t always safe. My coaches changed my life forever, which is why I am now an educator and coach myself.

Savannah 
Savannah

Why Sam Mayes Cares

In this #WhyWeCareOKC segment, Sam Mayes, a Franchise Sports Radio personality and former OSU All-American, shares how his life and career have been shaped by the football field he started on as a young boy from Youngstown, Ohio.

Speaking directly to Jerrod Williams, a football player from John Marshall Middle School, Mayes explains the bond they share and why an entire city believes in him.

"The work you're putting in now on that field will teach you how to work for the other goals you want in life."

– Sam Mayes –
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Why Mayor David Holt Cares

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