Edmond Memorial’s Kristi Forhan – Mom of the Month Presented By INTEGRIS Edmond

By John Tranchina

For Kristi Forhan, serving as the President of the Edmond Memorial basketball team Booster Club has been a rewarding experience, both from the aspect of supporting her son Michael, who is a 6-foot-5 senior on the Bulldogs, and in terms of making a positive difference in the lives of others.

“Our boys’ basketball Booster organization is all about making a great basketball program even better,” said Forhan, whose older son Nicholas also played four years of basketball at Edmond Memorial and is now a sophomore at Oklahoma State. “We support our coaches and recognize the many time constraints of teachers/coaches and their busy schedules, and we try to help shoulder some of the team organization responsibilities. We also provide finances through fund-raising for expenses not provided by the school athletics budget.”

Forhan also derives a lot of enjoyment from her connection with the team.

“It has been a lot of fun for me to be involved in Bulldog basketball, supporting my sons, and cheering them and their teammates on,” she said. “I have considered my involvement in Bulldog basketball as a ministry, serving others. It brings me a lot of joy to get to know these boys on a personal level, and to hopefully have made a small impact in their lives by encouraging them, feeding them, giving them t-shirts, and making their basketball experience fun and memorable. I love this team. They are all great young men, and I’m so proud of them all.”

Forhan grew up in Tulsa and graduated from Charles Page High School in Sand Springs before earning a Business/Pre-Law degree from Oklahoma Christian University and then a law degree from the University of Tulsa. She is currently an interior designer, running her own business for the past 16 years designing beautiful spaces for clients in Oklahoma, Texas and Arkansas. 

“I’ve really enjoyed getting to use my creativity for the team through the years,” she said, “designing t-shirts, programs, media guides, planning parties, and even helping with the locker room remodel and personalization, with a little Bulldog branding.”

Michael, in addition to serving as one of the Bulldogs’ co-captains, carries an unweighted GPA of 4.0 and is Edmond Memorial’s Class of 2020 Valedictorian. He is involved with the student council and also enjoys skiing, hiking and fishing.

Kristi, who also lives with her husband Joel and her “fluffy sidekick” Shih Tzu dog named Coco, believes that participating in athletics has helped provide valuable lessons for her sons and has offered more life experiences for them to draw upon.

“I always encouraged my sons to try new things, and I have tried to give them those opportunities and encourage them, whether sports or other activities, but they have always loved playing sports,” said Forhan, who played a lot of tennis growing up, some basketball, and was a cheerleader, swimmer and skier. “Sports is great for fitness and basketball has kept them in great shape physically. But they love the energy, the excitement, the camaraderie, the challenge, the teamwork, and I think they really enjoyed competing, and pulling out the best in each other as teammates with a common goal. Those life lessons really translate well for other aspects of life.”