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Westbrook given NBA Community Assist award for literacy projects

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NEW YORK – An Oklahoma City Thunder player recently received an award for his efforts to improve child literacy.

Russell Westbrook has worked with literacy programs in Oklahoma City and Los Angeles.

Last month, Westbrook and the ‘Russell Westbrook ‘Why Not? Foundation’ opened a new reading center at North Highland Elementary in Oklahoma City.

The facility, Russell’s Reading Room, was stocked with 1,200 books for all ages, designed to ensure every student is inspired to find something they love to read.

Also, 450 students at North Highland received a book of their own.

“I have been very blessed in my life and believe it is my job to give back to the communities that have given me so much,” said Westbrook.  “I want to provide kids with the guidance and tools to find success, and that starts with literacy and education.  By improving access to books and encouraging children to read, we can help them thrive throughout their educational careers.”

Westbrook received the October NBA Cares Community Assist Award, which honors an NBA player each month who reflects the passion the league and its players have for giving back to their communities.

During Sunday’s home game against the Houston Rockets, Westbrook will be given the David Robinson Plaque.

In addition, the NBA will donate $10,000 on Westbrook’s behalf to the Russell Westbrook Why Not? Foundation.