Russell Westbrook was born in Long Beach, California, to Russell Westbrook and Shannon Horton. He has a younger brother, Raynard. Westbrook attended Leuzinger High School in Lawndale, California. He stood only 5-foot-8 as a freshman and did not start on the varsity team until his junior year. He sprouted to 6-foot-3 after his junior season and went on to average 25.1 points, 8.7 rebounds, 3.1 steals and 2.3 assists as a senior, leading Leuzinger to a 25-4 record. That season, he recorded 14 double-doubles and registered a career-best 51 points in early January. He has won gold medals as a member of Team USA at the 2012 Olympics and the 2010 FIBA World Cup. In 2012, he established the Russell Westbrook Why Not? Foundation (https://whynotfoundation.org/). The organization's mission is "to inspire the lives of children, empower them to ask 'Why Not?' and teach them to never give up." In partnership with LA Conservation Corps, Westbrook launched the Westbrook/Brownstein Green Tech Program in August of 2019. The program is aimed at providing digital job skills to at-risk young adults. Learn more about Westbrook by following him on Twitter and on Instagram (@russwest44).