Rogers State Teams With Blue Star Mothers To Give Back

Sunday, February 17th 2013, 12:30 am

By: News On 6

An Oklahoma community came together on Saturday to honor the men and women who keep America safe.

Rogers State University held an appreciation day, with free admission for military members and law enforcement officers, during its basketball game against Wayland Baptist.

RSU was on its way to securing its 20th win of the season, but there was more to the game than what was reflected in the box score.

"Really wanted to help them and allow them to enjoy a basketball game with their family," RSU Athletic Director Ryan Bradley said.

Bradley said they got the idea when the Blue Star Mothers of Claremore reached out to them.

"They actually asked us to open up our arena to help send some items overseas," Bradley said.

Dannette Boston is the vice president of the Claremore Chapter, and has a son who is a Marine.

She says it's amazing what items as simple as a razor, Q-Tips or beef jerky can mean to those who are serving.

"Especially if they are on the front lines, they may not have the things a base or a FAB might have," Botson said.

Gary Ashbaugh is a veteran and he understands as well as anyone the importance of receiving something from the states.

"It's great, I mean it's a piece of home," Ashbaugh said.

But Saturday's game was about everyone who protects America... especially right here in Oklahoma.

"Means everything for a law enforcement officer to know that their community supports them," retired officer Mike Eubankes said.

The community rallied behind not just the team on the court... but teams of people who make it possible to enjoy events like basketball.

"Today is just one opportunity to stop and say thank you, and we are glad to have the opportunity," Bradley said.

If you'd like to donate an item to Blue Star Mothers of Oklahoma, click here.


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