In honor of World Wish Day, Make-A-Wish® Oklahoma and the Oklahoma City Thunder teamed up to grant Lorelei’s wish to be an Oklahoma City Thunder coach for the day, April 24th, 2012.
On April 24, 2012 Scott Brooks and the Oklahoma City Thunder made one deserving teenager's greatest wish come true. Lorelei, 17 years old, arguably one of the Thunder's biggest fans, spent a full day in coaches meetings, shadowing Coach Scott Brooks and the young Thunder team as they prepared for their game against the Sacramento Kings.
Later that evening, introduced in front of 18,000 cheering OKC fans, Lorelei was declared "Honorary Captain of the Game" and was escorted to her courtside seats where she cheered the team on to victory. The magic did not end there however - Rumble, the Thunder's mascot pulled her onto the court during the 2nd half to help throw mini-basketballs into the crowd, and at the end of the game, Coach Brooks personally came to shake her hand and congratulate her on the win.
When asked about her wish, Lorelei summarized the day as "indescribable." "It was better than I could have ever dreamed," she said. "The Thunder has been so welcoming and so gracious. It's been more than incredible. So special."
We like to believe that Coach Brooks and the entire Thunder team gave a gift that keeps on giving. The media and the Thunder organization loved Lorelei so much, that they asked her to return to host a pre-game show on Thunder Live later that same week. And her work as "coach for the day" most definitely made an impact - the team has not lost a single game since her coaching debut!
From small touches like the authentic coaches gear she received, to the huge effort the entire organization made to highlight this special young lady, we would love to honor and thank Coach Brooks and the OKC Thunder players -- they exceeded expectation in every way in granting Lorelei's "one true wish" and truly showcased here in our community how to "share the power of a wish."