The Oklahoma Thunder are a professional American football team based in Bixby, Oklahoma. Starting with the 2011 season, the team competes in the Gridiron Developmental Football League, playing in the Midwest-North Division in the GDFL’s Impact Conference. Players have included Bacone College alumni, former major college standouts, and former NFL players including Willie Ponder. The team was founded by Bruce Madden, Daniel Cornelison, and Gary Joice in 2007. James Ashford later bought a piece of the team. The team originally competed in the World Football League. The league was formed as a minor league for players to work on their skills in hopes of making a NFL team. During the team’s time in the WFL the Thunder had players signed by several teams including the New Orleans Voo-Doo and the Colorado Crush of the AFL The team’s name pre-dates the relocation of the Seattle SuperSonics to Oklahoma City to become the Oklahoma City Thunder. The team’s official colors are silver and blue. The team’s cheerleaders are known as the Thunder Girls.