Westbrook Helping Oklahoma City Kids
The ball was a little bit too heavy for a little girl at the bowling alley, so Russell Westbrook lent a couple hands, and helped her hurl it down the lane.
Westbrook hosted families, children and his entire Thunder team to his Why Not? Bowl event, with all proceeds going to his Why Not? Foundation. Thunder players mingled with the children and families for hours on Monday night, enjoying the time together to bowl, take pictures and sign autographs. The turnout was fantastic as Westbrook and his teammates had a chance to give back to some Oklahoma City youth and their families.
“The kids have school tomorrow, but they love to come hang with us, bowl with us, take pictures and shake our hands,” Westbrook said. “Things like that can help them get to school and want to do great things in the community.”
“My job is to try to make them feel comfortable in anything they want to do in life, tell themselves Why Not? and continue to try to strive for it,” Westbrook said.
Westbrook’s Why Not? Foundation was founded in 2012 and has hosted this bowling event annually, along with many other events in the Oklahoma City area. Growing up in Los Angeles, Westbrook’s parents taught him and his brother to use the motto “Why Not?” when others told them they couldn’t do something, and it’s an attitude Westbrook wants to spread to local youths. The foundation benefits children who are facing hardship along with community based education and family services.
The most recent initiative the foundation is sponsoring will be called Russell’s Reading Room, the first of which will be launched at North Highland Elementary school. The room will provide students access to books and is intended to help bring higher literacy to children in the area.
“Why Not? is kind of my motto, what I live for, how I live my life and how I was brought up,” Westbrook said. “I thought it would be a great idea to have a foundation to be able to help young kids in the inner city to go to school, get to college and find a way to do something that I like to do and kids like to do to help them out.”
Monday night’s event was a huge hit amongst the parents and kids, and will obviously be beneficial to the Oklahoma City community thanks to Westbrook’s efforts. It was also an incredible bonding experience for the Thunder as a team, as the entire squad showed up to support Westbrook’s cause. The Thunder is extremely active in the community as it is, but always wants to do more. Westbrook’s teammates saw the event as an avenue to support a wonderful cause.
As Westbrook’s Why Not? Foundation continues to build momentum and find creative and unique ways to give back, its leader hopes that it can expand to even greater levels to impact more lives in Oklahoma.
“My teammates are the best in sports,” Westbrook said. “They do a great job of being together, showing togetherness like we do on the floor and they all came out to support me. I’m thankful for that.”
“I hope we have it taking over three bowling alleys,” Westbrook said. “My goal is to help as many people and as many children as I can to be successful in life.”