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    Russell Westbrook To Open Middle, High Schools In LA

    Russell Westbrook Executes Plan to Open LA Schools 

    NBA star Russell Westbrook will open some schools in his name like some of his counterparts. Russell Westbrook, the 32-year-old from Los Angeles, is teaming up with L.A. Promise Fund to launch the Russell Westbrook Why Not Academy in South L.A. The school will include both middle and high school levels.

    The Russell Westbrook Why Not? Academy aims to provide top-notch education to South Los Angeles students in grades 6 through 12. The goal is to nurture academic achievers, athletes, and socially conscious citizens.

    Westbrook Team Up with Business Partner 

    Westbrook and his wife Nina Earl, who have three children, are teaming up with their longtime business partner Donell Beverly to make this vision a reality. As a matter of fact, the couple and Beverly plan to be on the school’s board to “oversee developments at the schools.”

    Westbrook’s charitable spirit isn’t new. Throughout his 13 seasons in the league, he has been engaged in philanthropic projects in Oklahoma City, Houston, and now with the Wizards.

    Russell Westbrook’s Philanthropic Efforts

    Besides basketball, Westbrook is known for his unique fashion sense. He owns a clothing line called Honor the Gift, featuring locally made clothes from Los Angeles. When asked if he was hesitant about venturing into a different area, he said no.

    “I’m a renaissance man. I don’t just play basketball; I do many different things. This is one of them,” he said in a 2018 interview.

    Westbrook’s mentality on the court transfers to the schoolhouse. 

    “I’m passionate about creating and supporting educational opportunities for underserved youth,” Westbrook said. “Every child deserves a good education, regardless of their background.”

    What is the L.A. Promise Fund?

    The L.A. Promise Fund operates programs in partnership with Los Angeles Unified School District, including traditional high schools, a middle school, and two charter schools in South LA. They offer programs and opportunities for students and teachers in Los Angeles County.

    Veronica Melvin, the president of the L.A. Promise Fund, says partnering with Westbrook is a natural extension of their goals and his.

    “We all know Russell Westbrook’s accomplishments on the court. His pledge to the LA Promise Fund Schools and the South L.A. community demonstrates his deep commitment off the court to uplift the community and positively change lives,” she added.

    It appears big things are in store for Westbrook and all those who will benefit from his new school.

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