Tahlequah Daily Press

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December 13, 2013

Sooners join community in support of the Abbott Children's House

Annual Basketball Coaches Luncheon is a learning experience for players



The Mary Abbott Children’s House is a place for children to tell their stories after a sexual or severe physical trauma. Additionally, the Mary Abbott Children’s House provides acute sexual exams when necessary and offers reassurance and wellness checks to every child who comes through its doors.

Abbott House is one of approximately 580 independent Children’s Advocacy Centers across the country accredited by the National Children’s Alliance and is charged with serving Cleveland, McClain and Garvin counties.

The nonprofit also serves counties outside of its primary jurisdiction, serving 19 Oklahoma counties in the last year.

“This is one of the anchoring institutions in our town,” Coale said. “This is part of what grows our community and makes our community so special. I’ve had an opportunity to be involved with this for eight years. They were our service agency of choice one year. Our players spent some time working there, so I know exactly the service they provide and the difference they make in the lives of kids.”

The coaches brought a pair of players from the women’s and men’s basketball teams. Joining was Morgan Hook and Kaylon Williams. Kruger assembled Buddy Hield and Jordan Woodard.

The players coached community members through a free throw shooting contest, picked the winning raffle tickets and also told what their favorite Christmas gift was.

“It was a real fun event,” said Woodard, whose favorite gift was NBA Live 2003. “A great cause. I really just jumped at the opportunity when I heard about. It makes me feel great knowing that the community is behind athletics and how we got involved in the event. It’s such a great cause, and it reminds me of why Norman is such a great community.”

Having their players see how important it is to get involved with community programs such as the Mary Abbott Children’s House is something Coale and Kruger felt was crucial.

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