The OklahomIraqis League: Born in Baghdad; Kept Alive in Oklahoma
The OIL was founded in Baghdad, Iraq by U.S. soldiers from Oklahoma in 2006. It provided distraction during that tour. Now it provides the camaraderie they've missed, and keeps the brothers-in-arms connected over a decade later.
The OIL is comprised of 42 teams across three conferences. All 42 are U.S. Army veterans. Their team names are unique, and their logos are top-notch. These team names remain unchanged year-over-year. These aren't teams; they're franchises. Find your favorite now.
On NPR's Weekend Edition, StoryCorps founder Dave Isay called the Book of OIL the most comprehensive history of a single unit's tour of Iraq he'd ever seen. Learn who these men were, why they joined the military, where they were on 9/11, how they found out they were going to Iraq, and what they experienced over the course of a year in the middle of Iraq's sectarian civil war.