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Sen. Matthews urges support of the first Annual Marvin Blades Memorial Golf Tournament

State Sen. Kevin Matthews is hoping for a great turnout for the First Annual Marvin Blades Memorial Golf Tournament this Saturday.  The event is being launched by 100 Black Men of Tulsa. The organization describes the tournament as an effort to engage the citizens, authorities, clergy, pastors and politicians in a friendly game of golf to raise funds for underserved youth and community.  Matthews, D-Tulsa, is a member.

Blades, who passed away last October, was a Tulsa Public Schools Campus Police Department sergeant and a former Tulsa Police Department Gang Unit officer.  Matthews said Blades mentored disadvantaged young people in northeast Tulsa, and was president of 100 Black Men of Tulsa, dedicated to helping young people in their community develop and reach their full potential.  The association’s mantra is “What They See is What They Will Be.”

“Marvin believed that with the right guidance, every young person could become a productive citizen—even troubled youth.  They just need someone to show them that by taking advantage of opportunities, including education, they could prosper and succeed,” Matthews said.  “This golf tournament will raise funds to help such youth by exposing them to experiences and ideas that will open their minds to new possibilities.”

The Marvin Blades Memorial Golf Tournament will be held at the Bailey Ranch Golf Course in Owasso on Saturday, July 15.  For more information about the tournament, go to

“We are hoping for great participation from throughout community.  It’s an opportunity for fun and fellowship but more importantly, it is an investment in the future of our youth,” Matthews said.