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‘Find ways to help others out,’ The Thunder’s Westbrook named winner of NBA Cares Community Assist Award

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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.”

He also gave the new Kia he won for being an All-Star Game MVP to an Oklahoma City single mother of two.

“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.”



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