Russell And Nina Westbrook Launch ‘Why Not? Academy’ Schools In LA Area
Russell and Nina Westbrook, along with Russell’s foundation, the ‘Why Not? Foundation’, have made a huge announcement. They partnered with the LA Promise Fund and will be launching a middle and high school in the South Los Angeles area!
“I am excited to announce my ‘Why Not? Foundation’ is partnering with LA Promise Fund to launch the Russell Westbrook Why Not? Academy,” Westbrook said in a Tweet. “Creating & supporting educational opportunities for underserved youth has always been my passion & now it is coming to life…this is just the beginning.”
“This was so important for our family,” Nina Westbrook, Russell’s wife, said. “We wanted to make sure that we were emphasizing the importance of education and learning and providing job skills in the communities that he grew up in.”
“I plan on making sure that you guys and the future kids come in have access to all the resources you need to be able to be successful,” Westbrook said in the Why Not? Foundation announcement.
A student asked Westbrook why he was looking forward to working with them.
“I’m actually super excited about getting to know you all guys just personally because that’s one thing that’s very important to me,” Westbrook said. “‘Cause I was just like you guys. I grew up in the city. I understand the struggles. I understand sometimes of not wanting to or feeling like school is important but I’m here to tell you that it’s very important. Especially now more than ever.”
Westbrook’s ‘Why? Not Foundation’, according to its website, “aims to create pathways of empowerment for the underserved population. The foundation is committed to the perseverance of at-risk communities by implementing structured educational opportunities, workforce development and accessible mental health resources.”
Here’s part of the LA Promise Fund‘s press release on this exciting news:
“Russell Westbrook along with his wife, Nina, and longtime business partner, Donnell Beverly has partnered with LA Promise Fund to launch the Russell Westbrook Why Not? Middle and High Schools, known collectively as Russell Westbrook Why Not? Academy with the goal of ensuring students in South Los Angeles has access to high-quality athletic programs while balancing a strong education and leadership development…the Russell Westbrook Why Not? Academy will deliver world-class education to South Los Angeles youth grades 6 through 12 to develop academic achievers, athletes, and active citizens committed to social change. Westbrook aims to ensure that students from South Los Angeles have access to a college and career education that is community-based, fights institutionalized racism, and uplifts and empowers individuals and the communities they live in.”LA Promise Fund
The LA Promise Find also mentioned that “wrapped around a strong education, students will receive supports in the areas of career exposure like internships and dual enrollment community college classes; wellness programs to promote mental health, nutrition, and physical health, college advising through field trips, test prep and application assistance, and robust enrichment programs in athletics, (s)cience, (t)echnology, (m)ath and (e)ngineering, and leadership cultivation.”
“Creating and supporting educational opportunities for underserved youth has always been a passion of mine,” Westbrook said via LA Promise Fund. “It’s so important that every child has access to a good education regardless of their socioeconomic background. My goal in partnering with the LA Promise Fund is to ensure our South LA students are ready for college and ultimately success in a 21st-century career.”
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