How did ‘Rumble the Bison’ become the best mascot in the NBA? Reading books of course.
Oklahoma City Thunder’s mascot wouldn’t be able to slam dunk like NBA Thunder’s basketball stars, keep a beat, or dance along with the Thunder Girls, if he hadn’t read the ‘How-To’ books on those subjects, explained Rumble’s manager, Jon Brooks during a special assembly at Sunset Elementary School in Altus on Monday. Rumble had to continually read and practice what he read before he was good at them.
“Rumble, just like every book, you’ve got to read carefully, and take your time,” Brooks said as he coached Rumble through performing a magic trick before a full auditorium. Rumble and Brooks successfully levitated a student volunteer by reading step-by-step instructions from “Magic for Dummies.” Was it magic, or the power of reading?
Rumble and Brooks read and demonstrated movements from “The Busy Body Book: A Kid’s Guide to Fitness,” written and illustrated by Lizzi Rockwell. Rumble also enjoys books on subjects unrelated to being a mascot, like black cats, cheeses, and hero design.
The votes submitted by the school and community made this fun learning event possible. Rumble, Brooks, and “Air Rumble,” traveled from the Chesapeake Energy Arena in OKC, to Sunset Elementary school on Monday, Feb. 11, because voters from Limeades for Learning® by SONIC® America’s Drive-In ®, believed this was a great “Teacher’s project” to fully fund, as submitted by Tammy Richeson and her 2nd grade class,
Rumble, Brooks, and “Air Rumble,” also visited Altus Intermediate School to play fun games with the students. They also talked about respect and understanding, and that bullying of any kind has no place in the world.