Saturday, February 28, 2009

Steve Owens still active in the Norman community

A statue of Steve Owens was commissioned for Heisman Park outside Memorial Stadium in 2004. Photo by Taylor Bullard.

After a career as one of the great players in University of Oklahoma football history most would expect a player like Steve Owens to live out the rest of his life in relaxing fashion, but that is not the case for the Oklahoma native.

Oklahoma’s second Heisman winner has been a founding member of both Norman and Miami Public School Foundations. He has also been a spokesman for the Ronald McDonald House, given his time to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and created the Steve Owens foundation, supporting Oklahoma youth with mental health issues.

After speaking with Owens, it is easy to see that his personality will not allow him not to be a big part of the city of Norman

"I love Norman, it suits me," Owens said. "The things I do for this community with the school system and such, it's all I can do to give back to a town that has given me so much."

The Oklahoma native has big plans to expand the Steve Owens foundation to reach more Oklahomans in need, as well as continuing to be an ambassador to the Ronald McDonald house in the state, and Norman public schools.

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