Westbrook, Thunder honored with NBA Cares award

Ponca City Now - May 20, 2015 8:38 am

NEW YORK (AP) – Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook has been named winner of the NBA Cares Community Assist Award.

The league announced the honor Tuesday.

After receiving a new car for being named the All-Star Game MVP, Westbrook donated the automobile to Kerstin Gonzalez, a single mother of two. During the 2014-15 season, Westbrook’s Why Not? Foundation opened new reading centers in three Oklahoma City public schools. "Russell’s Reading Rooms" provide underserved children with 1,200 books. His yearlong charitable efforts also included hosting Thanksgiving meals, holiday parties and shopping sprees.

Kaiser Permanente and the NBA will donate $25,000 to Westbrook’s foundation.

The award was voted on by fans and an NBA panel of judges, including previous J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award winners Bob Lanier and Dikembe Mutombo.


Latest Stories

All ODOC facilities on lockdown after assaults on 20 inmates

by Cassidy Mudd, KTUL Staff TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) — The Oklahoma Department of Corrections announced that all of their facilities...

New COVID Restrictions Start Today in Norman

NORMAN, Okla. (KFOR) – New restrictions will take effect on Monday in Norman in an effort...

No second stimulus checks at the end of November

WASHINGTON (NEXSTAR) — If you were betting political gridlock centered around the November election would come...