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The Rise of Esports

E sports have booted up in a big way in Oklahoma. As pandemic-related restrictions limited the state’s traditional high school and college sports outlets, esports — already an activity played remotely — used the opportunity to gain further traction around the state. Last fall, Oklahoma City University unveiled its new Esports Management degree program, the first in the state. Elsewhere, the...

A Look to the Future

It’s been a tumultuous year for higher education, and students, professors and administrators have felt the heat. We talk to some of Oklahoma’s universities about the last year of virtual learning, ways to drum up motivation for at-home instruction, study tips and lucrative degree programs.

Part of NBA Royalty, Sooner Than Most

In three years, sharp-shooting Trae Young has gone from lighting up the gym at Norman North High School to being one of the National Basketball Association’s best players. The 6-foot-1 point guard, a starter in February’s NBA All-Star Game, has averaged around 30 points and 9 assists per game in his second season with the Atlanta Hawks. That’s up from...

Preventive Maintenance

Like a motor vehicle, train or an airplane, your body must undergo preparation and maintenance before any fitness journey begins, be it a simple, twice-a-week gym routine or grueling, long-term training for a marathon. Proper warmups, hydration and nutrition are all part of any pre-workout plan. “I like to compare it to a car,” says John Jackson, a trainer at Tulsa’s...

Developing Entrepreneurs

Those with a passion for forging unique paths, taking risks or diving into new ventures go by many labels. Mavericks. Pioneers. Individualists. Gamblers. Perhaps the most common umbrella term is entrepreneur, which defines thousands of business owners in Oklahoma. Behind them are various resources to get their dreams off the ground. By utilizing courses and majors at universities, community...

Breea Clark

Breea Clark was elected mayor of Norman, Oklahoma’s third-largest city, in February. She is the youngest woman and the first millennial in the post. She is also director of the J.C. Penney Leadership Program at the University of Oklahoma. She earned her juris doctor at OU and served on Norman’s city council. We caught up with Clark and got...

Football, soccer and rodeo

College football season begins with home games for the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State University and the University of Tulsa. The Sooners began the season at the Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman on Aug. 31 against the Houston Cougars. OU takes on South Dakota on Sept. 7 and Texas Tech on Sept. 28. OSU plays McNeese State on...

At the Corner of Hope and Reality

If you live in Tulsa, you may have seen Emeka Nnaka, a motivational speaker and advocate for those with physical challenges. The Georgia native and Tulsa transplant (he attended Oral Roberts University) seems to pop up everywhere, and his larger-than-life personality and stature make him difficult to miss. Wherever he is, he’s usually right in the middle of the action...