OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma City Thunder player, Russell Westbrook, was named the winner of the 2015 NBA Cares Community Assist Award.
Westbrook was presented with the David Robinson Plaque during a presentation at the NBA draft lottery in New York.
“I’m excited that I was able to accomplish a lot of great things throughout the year,” Westbrook told the team’s website. “I learned a lot about myself and a lot about other people and kids as well. I’m excited and blessed to be able to have received this honor.”
In honor of his contribution to the community, Kaiser Permanente and the NBA will also donate $25,000 to Westbrook’s ‘Why Not? Foundation’, which was launched in 2012 working to help children facing hardships of any kind, supporting community-based education and family service programs, according to ESPN.
During the 2014-2015 season, Russell and his foundation opened three new reading centers in Oklahoma City called “Russell’s Reading Room.”
“I think it’s very important when you’re in a position like this — you have to be able to find ways to help others out,” Westbrook said. “If I can win it every year, I will definitely try.”