Russell Westbrook Executes Plan to Open LA Schools
NBA star Russell Westbrook will open some schools in his name like some of his counterparts. In partnership with L.A. Promise Fund, the 32-year-old Los Angeles native, is planning to open the Russell Westbrook Why Not Academy in South L.A. In fact, the school will consist of a middle and high school.
“The Russell Westbrook Why Not? Academy will deliver world-class education to South Los Angeles youth grades 6 through 12 to develop academic achievers, athletes and active citizens committed to social change,” a press release said.
Westbrook Team Up with Business Partner
Westbrook and his wife Nina Earl, who have three children, are working closely with their longtime business partner Donell Beverly to actualize this vision. 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. In fact, he has been involved in philanthropic projects through his 13 seasons in the league in both Oklahoma City and in Houston before he joined the Wizards last year.
Russell Westbrook’s Philanthropic Efforts
Outside of basketball, Westbrook is also known for his ‘eclectic’ fashion sense; he has a clothing line called Honor the Gift. It features clothing made locally in Los Angeles. When asked if he was hesitant about expanding into an area not affiliated with his day job, he said no.
“Never,” he said in a 2018 interview. “I am a renaissance man. I do a lot of different things, I don’t just play basketball. There are many things I like to do, and this is one of them.”
Westbrook’s mentality on the court transfers to the schoolhouse.
“Creating and supporting educational opportunities for underserved youth has always been a passion of mine,” Westbrook said in the press release. “It’s so important that every child has access to a good education regardless of their socioeconomic background.”
What is the L.A. Promise Fund?
According to the fund’s website, the L.A. Promise Fund is “a unique hybrid, operating programs in partnership with Los Angeles Unified School District at two traditional, comprehensive high schools and a middle school, as well as operating two charter schools in South LA. Further amplifying its impact, the LA Promise Fund runs high profile, far-reaching programs and engagement opportunities available to students and teachers across 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.