Devon Energy announces Sports Lab initiative with OSU and OU | News


Devon Energy announced a new partnership with the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University Thursday morning in an effort to influence the youth in Oklahoma through STEM education. The initiative, Sports Labs, will be an incorporation of both sports and science into a learning program that will excite young kids about STEM and sports.

A press conference was held Thursday morning at the Devon Tower in downtown Oklahoma City and over 200 employees, kids, fans and students were in attendance. The event was surrounded by OSU and OU softball and football players participating in a Sports lab with the kids, performances by the Cowboy Marching band and the Pride of Oklahoma, the pom and cheer squads from both universities and a tailgate celebration afterwards. Pistol Pete and Boomer and Sooner also made an appearance along with the Sooner Schooner and Bullet.

President of Oklahoma State University, Kayse Shrum, spoke with The O’Colly at the event. As a D1 college athlete and background and career in medicine, Shrum talks about the importance of both science and sports.

“It’s two things that I love,” Shrum said Thursday afternoon. “I love science, and sports is something that I’ve enjoyed my entire life. For OSU to be a part of that in a meaningful way and to make a difference in our state, that makes me very happy. I’m really proud we are a part of this and that we get to have an impact in that way and that our student athletes will have an opportunity to have an impact in that way.”

The athletes in attendance were able to do a Sports Lab and drills with the kids from 9 am-11 am before the official press conference.

“It was a blast,” Deion Imade, a former Oklahoma State football player, said. “I’m a big math and science guy, so seeing how they are teaching the kids how to incorporate education and athletics both together was a brilliant idea. I’m glad they are doing this because this is something I wish I had when I was growing up.”

Rick Muncrief, President and CEO of Devon Energy and an OSU alumni, said he is thankful about this partnership.

“I’m thankful that Devon Energy gets to be a part of this initiative,” Muncrief said. “It’s so important for our young people and it’s rewarding to get to see these two universities come together to accomplish something impactful.”

The Sports Labs are set to begin starting in the fall with football and expanded to other sports throughout the year. Both athletic directors for the universities spoke during the press conference.

“There’s something about sports that brings us together anytime of the year,” Joseph Castiglione, director of athletics for the University of Oklahoma, said. “Sports Labs will provide a road map for many children of all ages to experience something and find a way to do it better…We want to connect. We want to entertain. We want to innovate, and we want to make sure that we help teach the people of tomorrow.”

“We at OSU are so excited to help teach these concepts at a young age using sports and to be a part of the Devon Energy Sports Labs,” Chad Weiberg, Oklahoma State University’s athletic director, said during the event. Thank you, Mr. Muncrief. Thank you, Devon. We look forward to seeing you all at a cowboy game this fall.”

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