NBA Star Russell Westbrook plays a tough game for the Oklahoma City Thunder and uses his power off court to help the community. Westbrook’s ‘Why Not?’ foundation served 850 meals at the Boys & Girls Club of Oklahoma County. Since the launch of the ‘Why Not?’ foundation in 2012, Westbrook has hosted the Thanksgiving Dinner for the Boys & Girls Clubs in Oklahoma.
“I remember growing up in the Boys & Girls Club and being there for different holidays with my friends, embracing these moments and wishing celebrities would come and see us… That’s why it’s so important for me to come back and give back anyway I can.” says Westbrook to the NBA.
“They see someone like Russell Westbrook, once again, giving back to the community. He knows what this is all about,” said A. Jaye Johnson, senior community relations & facilities director at the Boys & Girls Club of Oklahoma County reports the NBA.
Westbrook does not only host this annual event through his organization, he makes sure to be in attendance serving food to the children of the community. Russell Westbrook a former Boys & Girls Clubs Kid during his youth in South Central Los Angeles has a special connection to these Thanksgiving dinners and other opportunities to aid the community through the ‘Why Not?’ foundation.
Westbrook has launched 19 reading rooms in schools in both Oklahoma and his native Los Angeles and provides books for children to keep and build home libraries. The ‘Why Not?’ foundation’s mission is to inspire lives of children at-risk, experiencing hardship, low-income, and or poor academic performance with goals of empowering them to believe anything is possible. The Boys & Girls club of Oklahoma County, established in 1995, serves an estimated 800 youth daily, providing a safe space for young people to reach their potential.