Rockets’ Russell Westbrook hosts voting event for LA youths

Houston Rockets Russell Westbrook (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)
Houston Rockets Russell Westbrook (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images) /

On Tuesday, Houston Rockets point guard Russell Westbrook hosted a voting event for youth community leaders in the Los Angeles area.

Russell Westbrook has proven to be just as much of an MVP off the court as he’s been on the court. Upon exiting the NBA’s bubble, the Houston Rockets guard left an $8,000 tip to the hotel workers who were tasked with keeping the rooms clean, although he reportedly left his room spotless.

Westbrook has been a beacon of light in the communities he’s played in, including in Houston, where he donated laptops to the youth during the coronavirus pandemic. Westbrook also made it his goal to improve lives in the Oklahoma City community, as there are countless acts of generosity that he made, including buying a car for a struggling, single mother.

Westbrook has also been a stalwart in the Los Angeles community, which is his hometown. Westbrook previously opened the Westbrook/Brownstein Green Tech Program, which was aimed at equipping at-risk, inner-city youth with opportunities and job training, such as coding, computer literacy, and computer engineering, while keeping them off the streets in the process.

Houston Rockets Westbrook hosts voting event for L.A. youths

On Tuesday evening Westbrook’s WhyNot Foundation partnered with the National Basketball Players Association Foundation, the Alliance for Boys and Men of Color, and PolicyLink to conduct a virtual educational forum that was aimed towards inspiring the youth who are fighting for racial justice in Los Angeles. The forum featured community leaders from the Youth Justice Coalition and Community Coalition, who provided intel on pivotal ballot measures affecting youths in Los Angeles and across California state-wide.

Youth are ready to lead and vote!  Join me tonight to see how LA youth are mobilizing for racial justice on the ballot & in the community. Click here to RSVP #OurVoteOurFuture #WhyNot

— Russell Westbrook (@russwest44) October 20, 2020

Westbrook previously marched with protesters in Compton, joining them in the demand for social justice, alongside rapper Kendrick Lamar and San Antonio Spurs star DeMar DeRozan.

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Kudos to Westbrook for continuing to make a difference off the court and for leading the charge with the youth in the Los Angeles community!