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Westbrook to Run Tech-Savvy Initiative to Help At-Risk, Inner City Youth

Earlier in the week, Russell Westbrook dished one of his biggest assists to date.

Partnering with the Brownstein Green Tech Program, Westbrook and his foundation will aim to help get at-risk, inner city youth off the streets and provide the tools to succeed.

“I feel like this particular program actually impacts the kids’ futures, impacts their mind, the mentality of where they grew up, where they’re from,” Westbrook said. “I definitely can relate to that because I feel like I was one of those kids growing up in the city of Los Angeles and finding my way, figuring out what was the best path for me.”

The program will be unique in the sense that it will teach kids how to operate technology, robotics, and how to code, all incredibly valuable skills in today’s day and age.

“That was my motivation, honestly,” he says. “I didn’t look for anybody to help or hand out but I definitely thought it was important that people that had the ‘power,’ the ability to be able to help, did that. It was motivation for me to be able to get to a level, to a point, where I can give back to some of the same kids that are in the same situation that I was in.”

An incredible initiative which will go a long way at helping America’s under-privileged youth work towards establishing themselves while gaining skills necessary to acquire work.

“I grew up like the kids that I see here today,” he says. “That is what resonates with me, these people that I can communicate with just because I know what it’s like to grow up in the inner city without certain things, without the resources, without having books, without having the right things to be successful, without having the tools to be able to do that.”

Good on the newest member of the Houston Rockets for this cool initiative!

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