Happy New Year from the Tulsa Shock!

“We are building a team that competes each and every night. It’s now time to turn the corner and contend for a playoff spot in 2013!” - President Steve Swetoha

“To build on the success of last season and improve our team from nine wins.” - Head Coach Gary Kloppenburg

Pancake Breakfast

Thank you to all of the Season Ticket Holders who attended our Holiday Breakfast on Saturday December 15th and donated items for DVIS. Head Coach Gary Kloppenburg and Shock President Steve Swetoha prepared pancakes for the fans, while Volt dressed up as Santa to take holiday photos. It is still undecided as to who cooked the better pancakes but it was a great way to end 2012 with our Shock fans!

2013 WNBA Rule Changes

“Excellent rule changes. They will open up the floor and lead to more exciting offense this year in the WNBA. We're elated about the changes and what they can mean for our explosive, uptempo Shock offense." - Head Coach Gary Kloppenburg

“The rule changes going into effect in 2013 will do a few things for our game.  First, with the three-point line being extended and inserting the three second lane defensive penalty it will open the lane up more for cutters and scoring especially for the guards who drive the lane. Pushing the three point line back aligns us with the international game and with a lot of our players playing overseas this makes a lot of sense. The new Flop rule being adopted is something the NBA instituted this past season and we are seeing less players hitting the floor.  All and all, good rule changes for our league.” - President Steve Swetoha

Tulsa Holiday Parade of Lights

The Tulsa Shock participated in the Tulsa Holiday Parade of Lights on December 8th. Head Coach Gary Kloppenburg, Volt and the Shock staff walked in the parade wishing Happy Holidays. The parade was broadcasted live on KTUL Tulsa’s Channel 8

Shock Forward Tiffany Jackson-Jones Gives Birth to Baby Boy

The Tulsa Shock is proud to announce forward Tiffany Jackson-Jones gave birth to a healthy baby boy. Marley Andre Jones was born at 4:10 a.m. on December 12, 2012. He weighed ten pounds and seven ounces. Jackson-Jones led the Shock in scoring in 2011 averaging 12.4 ppg and in rebounds grabbing 8.4 per game. Jackson-Jones will return to the Shock next season.  

Shock Basketball Academy Students Get College Scholarships

The Shock would like to congratulate Marley Anderson, Christina Devers, Liesl Spoerl, Paige Wilson for earning basketball scholarships to universities. The Shock Basketball Academy is the “official youth development program of the WNBA’s Tulsa Shock.” Through SBA’s Total Player program of fundamental skills training classes, camps, clinics, speed and agility training, competitive and academy teams, and tournaments, girls and boys of all ages and skill levels learn and develop the tools they need to become better all-around players. Call 405.816.4667 in Oklahoma City or 918.518.0228 in Tulsa for more information.
Christina Devers signed with Central Arkansas Paige Wilson signed with Drury University Liesl Spoerl signed with the University of Tulsa Marley Anderson signed with University of Central Oklahoma

Timeout for Fitness in Pryor

The Timeout for Fitness Assembly program was in Pryor on December 17th. Volt and Shock staff taught 1,000 Pryor elementary students about the importance of health and wellness. The Timeout for Fitness Assembly Program visited 30 area schools throughout 2012 and reached approximately 10,000 students.

Want Volt to visit your child’s school? The Timeout for Fitness Assembly is a year round program that promotes health, wellness and the dangers of tobacco. The assembly is for students in grades K-8. Each student will receive an educational workbook to take home and a free gift during the assembly. Be the parent or the teacher that brings the Shock experience to your school! Call Keith Roberson at (918) 949-9711 to learn more about the Timeout for Fitness Assembly Program presented by American Fidelity, Williams, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma.

Season Ticket Holder Spotlight: Mildred Delung

Why did you become a season ticket holder?
Because I like to watch women play basketball and the season tickets were less than regular tickets.

What is your favorite Shock memory?
The best moment was when we thought they were going to lose so we thought we would try to beat the crowd so my daughter loaded me up in the chair and just as we were getting ready to head out the Shock made a goal and won the game!

Why do you love the Shock?
I love to watch Ivory Latta play! She is such a good player, she is such a tiny little thing but she can really play. And I was happy when they got Courtney Paris! I used to watch her all the time when she played for OU! Because they make such a good effort to go out and play their best. I feel like more people in Tulsa and the surrounding communities should support them.

What are you looking forward to the most during the 2013 season?
Being alive to see the games (laughter) and to get one of my drivers (kids) to take me!

Refer a Friend and Get Rewarded!

Help us ring in the New Year with more Shock fans! See below for all of the new benefits of our Refer a Friend program. Thank you to all of the Shock Season Ticket Holders who hosted influencer events this past year to promote the Shock to their family and friends. The Shock provide the hospitality and entertainment, while our Season Ticket Holders provide the people! Ask your Shock account representative or call (918) 949-9700 to find out more information about hosting an event in 2013.

Become Part of the Tulsa Shock Partnership Family

Partnership Opportunities are still available for: Let the Shock create a custom partnership to drive traffic and brand integration for your business.

        More information available by contacting:

Marlene Livaudais – Director of Partnerships
918-949-9704 – mlivaudais@tulsashock.net

Peter McAdams – Director of Partnerships
918-949-9716 – pmcadams@tulsashock.net

Trent Raleigh – Sponsorship Activation Coordinator
918-949-9706 – traleigh@tulsashock.net

    

Employee Spotlight : Emily Fergason

Occupation : Game Entertainment & Social Media Manager

Time w/Shock : After less than 24hrs in Tulsa interviewing with Steve, Sam, & the rest of the leadership team, I accepted an offer to move to Tulsa to begin working with the Shock on November 28th 2012. Best Thanksgiving a sports-obsessed college grad could ask for.

College and Major :
INDIANA UNIVERSITY (Hoo Hoo Hoo HOOSIERS!) Major: Sports Communication (Broadcasting) & Minors: Sport Marketing & Management and another Minor in Telecommunications (Social Media & technology guru)

Why did you want to work for the Shock :
Meeting everyone in a professional setting in such a short amount of time sounds difficult. But the truth is after meeting Christal & Marlene and feeling the love & warmth, and the desire for continued revitalization of the Shock organization, I knew there was an underlying passionate push for another strong-willed worker to join the team.

What do you hope to accomplish this season?
Collaboration is one key towards success, & that begins with communication. I know that being here will help bring my engaging & refreshing energy full circle; From the front office, to the locker room, to the fans on social media, and even the fans on game night screaming #GOSHOCK. I know my passion for evolving collaboration on all fronts will ultimately help in presenting an entertaining and refreshing experience to all things in-game, off-season, and of course…. Shock Social Media. To get on board, we’re hoping to utilize all recourses to get to the main goal…. #SHOCKTHEWORLD. I hope you’re just as excited as I am to start 2013 with a bright & refreshed energy that can’t be ignored.