In honor of his School Daze, Russell Westbrook made a huge donation to his alma mater UCLA. In fact, his contribution to the school is the largest by a former basketball student-athlete in school history.
“I loved my time at UCLA and jumped at the opportunity to give back to the University that provided me with amazing opportunities and great memories,” said Westbrook. “I am truly honored to be part of the legacy that is Bruin basketball.”
UCLA Director of Athletics Dan Guerrero had this to say about Westbrook’s kind gesture.
“Russell isn’t merely a dominant force in the NBA, he’s a force to be reckoned with in the community as well,” said Director of Athletics Dan Guerrero. “While his Why Not? Foundation’s mission is to inspire the lives of children and teach them to never give up, the fact of the matter is, having witnessed firsthand and from afar his growth over the years, Russell himself is an inspiration. We could not be more proud of his leadership both on and off the court since he left Westwood, and I know the Bruin faithful will be excited to welcome him back home next month and thank him for this tremendous gift.”
To honor his large gift, UCLA has renamed their Men’s Basketball practice floor the Russell Westbrook Court. In addition to having a “Russell Westbrook Night” next month. If this helps a few kids get a scholarship, awesome!