NBA star Russell Westbrook has been dedicated to empowering youth through education and the Washington Wizards point guard is taking his efforts further. According to People, the California native is opening a middle school and high school in Los Angeles.
Russell Westbrook Is Opening Middle and High Schools in L.A.: I 'Want to Inspire and Empower' https://t.co/rSQ8oYsevl
— People (@people) February 24, 2021
Westbrook is joining forces with the L.A. Promise Fund for the creation of the Russell Westbrook Why Not? Academy. The nonprofit organization is centered on providing youth with the tools and resources needed to thrive in college and in their professional careers. Research shows in California there is a significant achievement gap that stems from an unleveled educational playing field. Aware of the inequities that exist within the school system, Westbrook was determined to develop a solution that would eliminate the socioeconomic barriers standing in the way of accessibility to an adequate education.
Westbrook says witnessing the impact of his nonprofit the Why Not? Foundation propelled him to move forward with launching the schools. Seeing the obstacles faced by…