April 22, 2021



Contact: Joe Dorman, CEO – Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy

Telephone: (405) 833-1117

Email: jdorman@oica.org


OSU Great, NFL Hall of Famer Thurman Thomas to Headline Child Advocacy Luncheon

CANTON, OH – AUGUST 4: Former Buffalo Bills running back Thurman Thomas poses with his bust during the Class of 2007 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony at Fawcett Stadium on August 4, 2007 in Canton, Ohio. (AP Photo/Scott Boehm)

OKLAHOMA CITY – Thurman Thomas, a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame and an Oklahoma State University football legend, will headline the 2021 Child Advocacy Luncheon on Thursday, April 29.

The annual event will be held virtually and will also include addresses by Oklahoma’s Kid Governor Charlotte Anderson, Lt. Gov. Matt Pinnell, and Dr. Chan Hellman, an expert in child wellness on the faculty at the University of Oklahoma. The topic of the event is child wellness and obesity.

“Having Thurman Thomas, one of Oklahoma’s football legends, as our headliner is a tremendous honor,” said Joe Dorman, OICA’s CEO and an OSU graduate himself. “His dedication to excellence on the football field is only matched by his dedication to helping others, especially children.”

In addition to being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Thomas is the first NFL player to score a touchdown in four consecutive Super Bowl games. He also is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame. As an OSU standout, he left the university as its all-time leading rusher, and his jersey number – 34 – is one of only three retired by the university.

Since retiring from the NFL, Thomas has dedicated his life to charity, which began with his involvement with the Special Olympics while at OSU. He and his wife Patti have established a foundation to help families and children. The Thurman Thomas Family Foundation is dedicated to making “a difference through programs that support education, health and wellness while being committed to diversity and inclusion for all those in need” in the family’s community of Buffalo, New York, where Thomas played for the NFL’s Buffalo Bills.

“There is no one better suited to help us deliver our message of child wellness than Thurman Thomas,” Dorman concluded. “We are deeply grateful to his commitment and look forward to hearing his words during the Child Advocacy Luncheon.”

Thomas’ advocacy to combat child obesity continues with his decade long support of the NFL’s “Play 60 program” as the Ambassador for the northeast region, pushing the message how working out or playing sports for at least 60 minutes a day is the key to a life-long physical and mental health plan.

Tickets for the online event are available online at Eventbrite; a link to the purchase site is available on the OICA website at https://oica.org. The cost is $25, and ticket holders will be sent the Zoom link for the event on the morning of April 29.

Ticketholders will be entered into a drawing for a new Amazon fire7 tablet with Alexa. Sponsors contributing $500 or more will receive an Oklahoma flag which has flown over the State Capitol and a certificate of authenticity noting the flag was flown in the sponsors’ honor.

For more information on the luncheon and OICA’s programs to assist the state’s children, send an email to info@oica.org or call OICA at 405-236-5437.