Ardmore Man Wins 2007 Take Pride In America® National Award

Ardmore_James C. Thompson was recognized in the individual category as a one-man army in the fight against litter in the town of Ardmore, Oklahoma.  He began his crusade by inspiring and instigating an underwater and shoreline cleanup at Lake Murray.  He titled the movement "Clean up the Dam Trash", and enlisted the help of local divers and volunteers to clear trash and debris from the popular vacation locale.

Thompson constructed metal cages to transport thousands of pounds of trash.  He decided to involve his community at area football games also.  He provided attendees with litter bags in which to place their garbage.  Then, following the game, Thompson would himself transport the trash to the local landfill. The community reaction inspired Ardmore citizens to initiate their own Ardmore Go-Green Day.  He also removed outdated appliances from citizens' homes, and ensured the safe removal of their dangerous biohazards.  

The annual Take Pride in America national awards recognize specific volunteer projects and efforts in a variety of categories, including youth organization, corporation, public/ private partnership and individual, among others. These awards recognize events, projects and programs targeted at maintaining or enhancing public lands such as parks, rivers, wildlife refuges, cultural and historic sites, local playgrounds and other recreation areas.