NEWCASTLE, OKLAHOMA — It should have been a snow day but wasn’t.
The three boys sitting at a kitchen island should be doing homework but aren’t.
Instead, Cooper Coryell, Connor Neeley, and Clayton Freeman are writing letters by hand.
No email, no tweets, no texts, just pen to paper addressed to their modern day heroes.
“Dominique Wilkins, Vince Carter, LeBron James,” recites Cooper of basketball players he’s written to.
“In one day we wrote 32 (letters),” he boasts.
They started with basketball cards, whole stacks of them.
They had a few doubles which means more than one card of a certain player.
It was Connor’s dad who suggested sending those cards away with a hand written request to return the card signed in the return envelope provided.
Connor says, “Sometimes they keep the card. Sometimes they return it unsigned.”
Cooper says, “You just have to keep sending them every day.”
Clayton adds, “I’ve been pretty lucky.”
So began a project that will eventually include thousands of people.
Cooper, Connor, and Clayton are slowly working their way down a long list of athletes who played professional sports.
They’re Thunder fans but they’ve already go some of their swag including Connor’s signed jersey.
When he was sick Clayton’s brother wrote a letter and received a signed jersey from the San Antonio Spurs.
Micheal Jordan sent Connor an autographed picture, which spurred Cooper to write a flattering letter of his own.
“Dear Mr. Jordan,” it reads. “I know that people say LeBron is better than you but they are wrong.”
These boys aren’t the first to think of such a thing.
The hand written note remains a hallmark of human interaction, an unexpected surprise, something the other person touched too.
It doesn’t happen every day but they check their mail as if it does.
So far, the returns on the rediscovery of a lost art continue to look promising.