Oklahoma City Thunder star point guard Russell Westbrook is launching a new reading initiative to get kids excited about the world of literature and to improve their overall educational standing. Recently, Westbrook made an appearance at North Highland Elementary School in North Oklahoma City to participate in a ribbon cutting ceremony for Russell’s Reading Room, a reading center funded by his Why Not? Foundation that stocks over 1,200 books for all ages. Over the next couple of months Westbrook plans on opening two more in the area.
“Reading is a key to success,” Westbrook said. “When people in my position are able to do things like this, give kids something exciting to see, give them some type of encouragement, give them access or some type of way to reward them for reading.”
Growing up in sunny California, Westbrook admits that reading was not fun for him as a kid. However, he said that one book, “Missing Since Monday,” captured his heart and imagination. Although it was hard for the super energetic Westbrook to sit still and read as a kid, he fell in love with that book, and he hopes that by offering a vast variety of books to the next generation they will find many books to fall in love with.
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