Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame Re-Brands Itself

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The Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame announced a new, unified organization, with a new logo to go with it, on Tuesday in Oklahoma City.

The Hall of Fame presents both the Jim Thorpe Award, which goes to college football's top defensive back, and the Warren Spahn Award, which is presented to baseball's best left-handed pitcher.

It also runs the actual Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame on Lincoln Boulevard, and Bright Path Youth Programs, which benefit thousands of children in Oklahoma.

Tuesday's news conference announced the Hall of Fame will be in charge of presenting and running all of these programs, previously run by the Jim Thorpe Association, in conjunction with the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame.

The Thorpe Association and the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame are essentially the same organization, run by the same board of directors and the same administration.

This announcement puts them both under the same umbrella as the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame, making them easier to market and adding value to the Hall of Fame brand.

The Hall also unveiled a new logo, showing the silhouette of an athlete raising his arms in victory, with the backdrop of a torch and an arrowhead, representing Oklahoma's native heritage.

Oklahoma Sports Hall of Famers Barry Switzer and Sean O'Grady were among those in attendance on Tuesday for the announcement.