FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 19, 2014
TOBY KEITH NAMED OKLAHOMA UNIV. PATRIOT OF THE GAME
Surprise Honor Came During OSU Contest Halftime Along With Decorated Sailor
Photo ID from left to right Toby Keith, Rear Admiral Doug McClain, OU President David Boren,
Board of Regents Chairman Tom Clark, Athletics Director Joe Castiglione
(NORMAN, Okla.) A proud supporter of U.S. military men and women and their families, Toby Keith capped an exceptional year in that regard with another exceptional honor. The Oklahoma native was named Patriot of the Game at the Dec. 6 football contest between the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State.
Held at OU in Norman, the game’s halftime show included the presentation of the award, a partnership between the university and Patriot Ford. In keeping with the honor’s intention to recognize “a recently returned member of the armed services at each home game,” Keith presented the Patriot Award to OU alum Rear Admiral Doug McClain. Unbeknownst to Toby, at the conclusion of that presentation, he was also bestowed the honor.
Toby Keith may have been the only one surprised by the moment, as his longstanding support of service members includes more than a decade of USO Tours and vocal support extending even into songs like “American Soldier.” In fact, Keith’s commitment resulted in a surprise presentation of the USO Spirit Award during his appearance on the Academy of Country Music’s nationally televised Salute To The Troops in April.
Of course, Keith’s notion of service extends well beyond the military, as residents of his home state well know. Funded largely by the Toby Keith Foundation, the OK Kids Korral opened in January to provide a cost-free, convenient and comfortable home for seriously ill children and their families seeking treatment at The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center.
And Keith’s support of his hometown, Moore, following the devastating 2013 tornado included a benefit concert that raised $2 million for the region. That event was held at OU’s football stadium – the same venue where, last week, Toby Keith accepted his Patriot Award.