Daily Sports Smile: Oklahoma City Thunder hold event to help students learn coding skills

Rumble joins students in a class about game coding during at Thunder Coding powered by Google bootcamp at the Thunder Launchpad  in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021.
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The Oklahoma City Thunder are investing in local youth. The Thunder partnered with Google to teach coding to students. Through a special $100,000 grant, students will be able to learn coding skills for their educational pursuits.

Google provided the grant for students. The Thunder held the coding camp in December for students ranging from 7-14 years old. The group utilized the Google Innovation Lab to complete exercises from local educational partner iCode.

One of the exercises included constructing a video game featuring Thunder mascot Rumble. Campers also received a T-shirt, drawstring bag, Rumble block set and a ticket to a future game.

Christine Berney, Thunder vice president of community relations, told ABC affiliate KOCO News 5 that the students had a chance to experience new opportunities.

"Kids who wouldn't necessarily have the resources to pay to go to a camp like this, Google is allowing us by granting that funding to put on these camps and invite up to 80-100 kids at a time," Berney said.

The Thunder plan to have more camps later in the year. The camps will include opportunities for local teachers to develop coding skills as well.

"(We’re) always looking for things that we can do to expand our outreach in the educational space to kids and just knowing that STEM education, that coding, everything along those lines is so important," Berney said.