NORMAN, Okla. -- Nearly 500 Oklahoma student-athletes made history Sunday night at the Carl B. Anderson All-American Plaza, just east of the Switzer Center.
 
The group was the first to recite the Sooner Oath, a pledge that reminds Sooner athletes of their standing in the community and responsibility to others.
 
OU President David L. Boren and former Sooner football coach Barry Switzer addressed the student-athletes during the ceremony.
 

The Sooner Oath
As Sooner Student-Athletes, we pledge to:
• Pursue excellence in the classroom and in competition;
• Hold ourselves to the highest standards of sportsmanship;
• Demonstrate strong character and accountability for our conduct;
• Take pride in our University;
• Honor and uphold the traditions of what it means to be a Sooner;
• Appreciate the privilege of wearing Crimson and Cream;
• Embrace the unique perspectives we each bring to the University;
• Support our fellow student-athletes in their pursuit of excellence;
• Be positive role models for our community;
• Lead with integrity in all of our actions.
 
We represent the one and only University of Oklahoma.
I am a Sooner!
 
Video Coverage
Video  Watch OU's Student-Athletes Recite the Sooner Oath
Video  Director of Athletics Joe Castiglione Addresses the Student-Athletes
Video  University of Oklahoma President David Boren Greets OU's Student-Athletes
 
 
A little more than one year ago, OU Athletics Director Joe Castiglione approached the executive branch of the school's Student-Athlete Advisory Council with the charge of writing a pledge that might remind Sooner athletes of their standing in the community and responsibility to others.

Our greatest asset and priority is the student athletes we mentor," Castiglione said. "We continually look for ways to help them develop excellent leadership traits and skills and responsible ways in which they can be applied. The Student Athlete Advisory Council members represent their teammates in each of the sports we sponsor."
 
Current SAAC president Jaclyn Stelzer, a member of the women's golf team, had the distinction of leading OU Student-Athletes through the oath for the first time.

"It's an honor (to lead the oath for the first time)," Stelzer said. "I am really proud of last year's SAAC. A lot of effort went into this project. It's something that is coming straight from the student-athletes."

Stelzer hopes the oath reminds student-athletes of a responsibility that transcends games and practices.

It's important for us to remember that we are student-athletes 24/7, not just while we're playing our sport," she said. "We represent the university all of the time. Both the university and athletics department are so great and we want to be good ambassadors no matter where we are or what we are doing.

"President Boren has said that we are the face of the university that the public sees and we want the oath to be a reminder that we carry that responsibility."

Each student-athlete will receive the oath on a laminated card and larger copies will be placed in team locker rooms and meeting spaces.