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Museum Hosts Complimentary Public Opening Reception for Exhibit

NORMAN – Learn how sport and play changes lives the world over during the opening reception of The Art of Sport + Play, created by Kevin Carroll, which is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, at the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History.

Carroll’s first exhibition is a personal look at selected pieces of memorabilia gathered from his travels throughout the world. At the heart of the collection is a group of handcrafted balls, created by children with found materials from their native lands. With a playful spirit, this exhibit tells the story of the universal power of sport. Created for all audiences, the social and cultural issues described in the work are especially meaningful to artists, businesspeople and children.

The reception will include refreshments, family-friendly activities and guest appearances from the exhibit creator; Oklahoma City Thunder TV analyst Grant Long; OU wrestling coach Mark Cody; and OU rowing coach Leeanne Crain.

The museum will accept new playground balls during the reception for the New Sports Ball Drive, a donation effort by the University of Oklahoma’s Leadership and Volunteerism division of Student Affairs to benefit Plaza Towers Elementary School and Briarwood Elementary School in Moore; Longfellow and Irving middle schools in Norman; the Boys & Girls Clubs of Oklahoma County; and other local and after-school programs. Each sports ball donated will provide one entry to win team-autographed balls from the OKC Thunder and OU Athletics.

Carroll is visiting Norman Oct. 13 through 19 to lend his expertise as an author, global speaker and social change agent to help athletes, students, university staff, faculty and community members discover their inspiration and enrich their work lives, enhance innovation, and improve team dynamics and interpersonal communication.

The Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History is located on the OU Norman campus at Timberdell Road and Chautauqua Avenue.

Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors 65 and up, and $3 for youth ages 6 to 17. Children ages 5 and under are admitted free. Discounts are available for military personnel and their immediate families. For accommodations on the basis of disability, call (405) 325-4712.


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OU Homecoming Four Square Tournament – Oct. 15

As a way to play and involve students participating in Homecoming activities the following week, the Campus Activities Council will host a Homecoming Four-Square Tournament from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Sam Noble Museum. During the tournament, Carroll will interact with the tournament participants and spectators.

“We All Speak Ball” Public Event – Oct. 17
Carroll will share with the public his message of the Red Rubber Ball and about the social impact of sport and play at 8 p.m. in the Molly Shi Boren Ballroom, Oklahoma Memorial Union, 900 Asp Ave. The complimentary, public event is sponsored by the OU Campus Activities Council and the Union Programming Board.

The Art of Telling Your Story: Adult Storytelling Workshop – Oct. 19
Develop your own story based on personal experiences and learn the power of authentic storytelling from Kevin Carroll, author of What's Your Red Rubber Ball?! and creator of the exhibit, The Art of Sport and Play. Cost: members $15, non-members $25. Call (405) 325-0598 to register.

Family Game Night at the Museum – Nov. 1
Enjoy a fun night out with the family at the Sam Noble Museum. Start in the museum’s galleries with fun games that even parents can play. After a kid-friendly dinner, each family will design and make a game to take home and play outside! Cost: members $20, non-members $30. Price includes one adult and one child. Each additional person: member $10, non-member $15 Dinner included for all participants. (405) 325-0598 to register.

Carroll’s appearances are sponsored by the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History and the following OU departments and offices – Leadership and Volunteerism, Division of Student Affairs, Sooner Parents, Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, Information Technology, Enrollment and Student Financial Services, the Alumni Association, and Web Communications – and through a community partnership with the OKC Thunder.

ABOUT KEVIN CARROLL: Kevin Carroll followed his Red Rubber Ball from soccer fields in the Air Force to the 76ers and then to Nike, where he earned the title “Katalyst.” Now he speaks at schools and companies around the world, trying to help others discover their inspiration and encourage them on their chase.

Carroll is the founder of Kevin Carroll Katalyst/LLC and the author of three highly successful books published by ESPN, Disney Press and McGraw-Hill. As an author, speaker and agent for social change (a.k.a. the Katalyst), Carroll inspires businesses, organizations and individuals – from CEOs and employees of Fortune 500 companies to schoolchildren –- to embrace their spirit of play and creativity to maximize their human potential and sustain more meaningful business and personal growth.

CONTACT:Jen Tregarthen
(405) 325-0598



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