Wanda Pratt (left), aka “Mama Durant,” the mother of Thunder Basketball star Kevin Durant, and Linda K. Neal (right), president of the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence, present an Outstanding Mentor Award to Roxie Lilley (second from left), a volunteer with Life Launch-Stand in the Gap Ministry, during Oklahoma Mentor Day at the Capitol. They are joined by one of Lilley’s mentees, Regina Johnson. (Photo by Travis Caperton, Oklahoma State Capitol)
Stand in the Gap Ministries
Roxie Lilley was selected for the outstanding mentor recognition by Stand in the Gap Ministries’ Life Launch, a program that serves youth and young adults who are aging out of the foster care system. The program pairs young people with trained volunteers in small groups, where they receive relational, emotional and spiritual support and encouragement.
John Venture, co-founder of Life Launch, said when he first met Lilley at Life Launch training workshops in 2013 it was evident that she was “one special lady.”
“There is a contagious joy, compassion, sensitivity and caring that shines from her, and it’s noticeable with every mentee she serves,” he said. “She is honest to a fault, strives to do the right thing, and has high standards and ethics.”
Venture credited Lilley with helping relocate and support a youth who was in an abusive relationship. “Here at Life Launch, we wish there were 100 Roxies,” Venture added.
During Oklahoma Mentor Day, mentoring advocate Wanda Pratt, lovingly known as “Mama Durant,” the mother of Thunder Basketball star Kevin Durant, spoke and presented awards to each of the honorees.
“I want to thank you all for what you do as mentors because I see these little faces here,” said Pratt, pointing to the mentees in the audience. “They mean so much to our society because they are the ones who are going to lead us into a brighter future. Keep working hard at what you do because we value you, and we need you.”