Russell Westbrook Opens New ‘Reading Room’ In OKC


Russell Westbrook is the real MVP. After collaborating with Barneys, debuting his own line of shades and making on-court history, the NBA’s number one scorer is now taking on an All-Star feat: encouraging kids to read.

In 2012, the Oklahoma City Thunder point guard founded the Why Not? Foundation in 2012, which focuses on providing educational tools for children in marginalized communities across the country. The foundation recently teamed with Scholastic and Oklahoma City Public Schools to open the third Russell’s Reading Room on Monday (March 23) at Eugene Field Elementary School. The room contains 1,200 books for all ages.

“I love that I am able to give these kids access to books, encourage them to read and better their future,” Westbrook said at the launch in a press release. “Today is really cool because not only am I opening the third Russell’s Reading Room but the kids that are here today are the top readers in the Russell’s Reading Challenge from this school.”

Peep pictures from the event above.