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Tulsa Shock To Honor Late Oklahoma State Coaches

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The Shock will honor the memory of Kurt Budke and Amanda Serna by honoring one person at every home game that exhibits the same characteristics of the late coaches. The Shock will honor the memory of Kurt Budke and Amanda Serna by honoring one person at every home game that exhibits the same characteristics of the late coaches.
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The Tulsa Shock is partnering with Oklahoma State University to honor the memory of late Cowgirls coaches Kurt Budke and Miranda Serna at all 2012 Shock home games this season.

One honoree will be recognized at each home game this season that exemplifies Coach Budke and Serna's positive attitude, passion for family, team and the game of basketball.

"Oklahoma State University applauds the Tulsa Shock for honoring Kurt Budke and Miranda Serna by recognizing individuals who are living out what they believed and coached," said Oklahoma State University President Burns Hargis. "They were tremendous ambassadors for OSU and the game of basketball and this is a wonderful tribute."

Eighteen different honorees for each of the Shock's home games will be selected by a nomination process that will be overseen by Oklahoma State Alumni and the Tulsa Shock ownership group.

"We as an organization were deeply saddened by the tragedy at Oklahoma State University this past season and wanted to concentrate our efforts to honoring the memories of Coach Budke and Serna," Shock President Steve Swetoha said. "We hope this recognition will help amplify the tremendous efforts of both coaches at Oklahoma State University."

The honoree will receive four courtside tickets to the home game and be recognized during the game.

Budke and Serna, along with OSU alumni Olin and Paula Brastetter perished in a plane crash on November 17, 2011.

Related Coverage: OSU Plane Crash

The Shock's first home game of the 2012 season is Saturday, May 19 at 7 p.m. against San Antonio.

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