"You put that King up in front of my name and you gonna say it with pride."
King Spencer for mayor! Some may think this is a bold statement given his inexperience in politics. However, politics doesn't mean change. As Barak Obama put it "Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek." Change is what King Spencer didn't wait for. Change was what he became. Never was this more apparent than at his 6th Annual Hoop2Help AllStar Game fundraiser that happened at the Salvation Army West Mabee Boys & Girls Club.
Hundreds came out to support. Not only to support, also to have fun, and also contribute to a vision that was King Spencer's. Anyone that knows King Spencer knows that when he has a vision it's more like reality. Because no matter the obstacle he always made what seems like the impossible, possible. That's a tribute to "DEDICATION. HARD-WORK. PLUS PATIENCE." A line King Spencer not only quotes but has lived by. The dedication being to Tulsa and his Tulsa Progression brand. The hard-work he has put into his craft that has taken him around the world. Plus patience to see his dreams through some of the most trying times.
Back to the event. The Hoop2Help event was filled with high-flying dunks. Three pointers from each side raining in the hoop. There were celebrity interviews from artists like Cutty Forever, De-Whisper, Jeezmino, Ayilla, Tizzi, and too many others to name. This was all exciting and entertaining. Though one had to think. What was on King Spencer's mind? He was in a million places all at once. Yet was he really there? The mission for so long had been to save this building. To many though the Salvation Army West Mabee Boys & Girls Club was not just a building, but a community. More importantly it was a safe place for the kids. Kids that otherwise would have to go clear across town to get anything that seemed even remotely close to this oasis. Then again, this was theirs. For generations the Salvation Army West Mabee Boys & Girls Club served the kids in the community. It fostered not only athletes, but it also nurtured young creative minds that would go onto to be the change they would seek. This is the legacy that King Spencer fought so hard to keep. He himself being a product of The Salvation Army West Mabee Boys & Girls Club knows first hand the impact it can have in a young person's life. This was the real mission of the Hoop2Help. From the crowd turnout and volunteers it was clear to see this is also the impact of King Spencer.
Tulsa and supporters from other parts of the country were all responsible for us being able to raise $6500 this year for the West Mabee. We appreciate anyone who made it out and thank you all for the infinite support. Let’s continue to build on community, the foundation that starts us off. Thank you West Mabee for having my back and allowing these types of things to take place.
Not every vision comes true. Even though the efforts of King Spencer and friends and family were to help save the Salvation Army West Mabee Boys & Girls Club, they fell short of the goal. And now doors have closed. But just because one door closes doesn't mean that there won't be another. For now where that destination is, is still yet to be seen. And for King Spencer the mission isn't over. But that's Dedication. And instead of waiting for it King Spencer continues to be the change that we need for Tulsa. And on the behalf of Tulsa we say Thank You King Spencer!