Construction is underway on an official Oklahoma City Thunder basketball court at Chadick Park — with the court set for a ribbon-cutting ceremony next week.

It's set for noon on Wednesday, June 26, at the site of the new basketball court, between the Chadick Park tennis courts and the Boys & Girls Club of McAlester, on South Third Street.

Coming along to participate in the ribbon-cutting ceremony is the Thunder's mascot, Rumble the Bison. Also slated to come to McAlester for the ribbon-cutting event are the Thunder Drummers, a professional interactive drum team used to drum up even more enthusiasm during the Thunder's home games.

The Oklahoma City Thunder cheerleaders, known as the Thunder Girls, are also set to participate in the ribbon-cutting for McAlester's new Thunder court.

Everyone is welcome to attend the event, which will include refreshments.

As of Monday afternoon, the court had already been poured and covered with a coat of blue paint. Poles, goals, backboards, logos and striping are set to be added prior to the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The Thunder court is coming to McAlester courtesy of the team's Thunder Cares Foundation.

Sometimes the Thunder Cares program refurbishes  an existing basketball court and other times a brand new court will be constructed — which is what is happening in McAlester.

The Thunder Cares Community Relations Department works through the OKC Thunder to create programs and partnerships that make a positive impact on the greater Oklahoma City community, "with an emphasis on literacy, health and fitness, and youth basketball," according to the Thunder organization.

McAlester has a connection with the Oklahoma City Thunder through a native son. McAlester High School graduate Wilson Taylor is the Thunder's Team Operations manager.

Oklahoma City Thunder Vice President of Community Relations Christine Berney said more information is expected to be released prior to the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Contact James Beaty at jbeaty@mcalesternews.com