Mortgage Broker Starts Sports Club in Tulsa

By Caliendo, Heather | THE JOURNAL RECORD, July 18, 2008 | Go to article overview

Mortgage Broker Starts Sports Club in Tulsa


Caliendo, Heather, THE JOURNAL RECORD


Nic Wehr shifts through his e-mail and finds a request that is all too familiar.

"New to town, don't know anyone - know of any sport teams," said Wehr as he reads of the e-mail.

A year ago, Wehr wouldn't know how to answer, but since starting his own sports club he now knows where to direct the lonely e- mailer.

Wehr, a mortgage broker for Mortgage Broker Network Group, started Tulsa Sports and Events to fill what he saw as a void in Tulsa - lack of league sports. He said the city lacked a venue for people from all walks of life to come together in a social atmosphere. The club features sports leagues such as volleyball, flag football and basketball.

Wehr said he got the idea to form the club after talking with a friend in Baltimore. His friend is part of the county's flag football team, and while happy to be active, the friend was left unsatisfied with the disorganization of the league.

Wehr had played in the Tulsa men's league at the YMCA and did not like the lack of interaction within the team. So, instead of complaining and not doing anything about it, Wehr decided to venture out on his own.

"What I wanted to do was figure out a way to make it more social with the sports leagues and fun aspects that go into the sport - the social aspect is a big deal to me" he said.

"So, I made a MySpace page actually and wanted to see if I could put together a flag football team and it just blew up from there."

After adding a few friends on MySpace who he thought would be interested in a league, word of mouth spread and people start asking him about creating different leagues for other sports.

When Wehr saw the opportunities with the club, he got it incorporated before starting the leagues.

He spent about $1,000 to get some equipment and insurance secured. The club's total cost has been about $2,500 with league expenses and paying referees, but most of that money has come out of the membership fees. …

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