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Thank You Energy FC

Go Energy FC!

At 6 p.m. today, the team, launched just two years ago, will have its shot at the USL Western Conference Finals at Taft Stadium.

I've attended a few games and had quite a time, though I still don't understand every aspect of the game (including the FC part of the team's name).

But I do know the team has been a big win for Oklahoma City.

The team has had quite a run, playing the first year at Bishop McGuiness before moving to a longer-term home at Taft. Founded by Bob Funk Jr., the team has seen a 22 percent increase in attendance and boasts three sell-outs, including a franchise high of 6,847 on Sept. 12.

The organization also has connected with the community, opening team stores downtown and at Plaza Mayor (formerly Crossroads Mall) and opening a full-time practice facility on the grounds of the Oklahoma City County Health Department campus in northeast Oklahoma City. Energy players, coaches and fans donated in excess of $100,000 to the Fields & Futures program to benefit Oklahoma City Public Schools athletic programs.

The team’s involvement also includes soccer clinics and after school programs. The team has worked with low income schools by coming and working with teachers and mentors on running after school soccer programs (the program at Rancho Village had 55 girls and 50 boys).

The team is a big supporter of the nonprofit Cleats for Kids, working throughout the year to get the word out about Cleats for Kids as well as to serve as providing offers to help encourage people to donate gently used equipment to Cleats for Kids. Other nonprofits helped by the group include the American Lung Association, Special Olympics and the YMCA.

So go Energy! And thanks for adding to the diversity of fun and community involvement in our city.

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Steve Lackmeyer

Steve Lackmeyer is a reporter, columnist and author who started his career at The Oklahoman in 1990. Since then, he has won numerous awards for his coverage, which included the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, the city's... Read more ›