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Fifth Annual Why Not? Bowl
Photos by: Layne Murdoch

NBA All-Star MVP Russell Westbrook of Oklahoma City Thunder
Hosted the Fifth Annual Why Not? Bowl

Benefitting the Russell Westbrook Why Not? Foundation and the "Russell’s Reading Room" Initiative Presented by Edmond Hyundai


 Joined by his family, friends, and entire Thunder team including Kevin Durant, Serge Ibaka, Coach Scott Brooks, GM Sam Presti and many others


Thursday, April 9, 2015 (Oklahoma City, OK) - NBA All-Star MVP and Oklahoma City Thunder Guard, Russell Westbrook hosted the Fifth Annual Why Not? Bowl. Proceeds of the event benefitted the Russell Westbrook Why Not? Foundation dedicated to helping the community and at-risk youth. This event celebrated the foundation’s accomplishments within the past year including the launch of Russell’s Reading Room and Russell’s Reading Challenge. “It’s an honor to be able to see it unfold. When I first talked about a foundation, we kind of sat down and had a plan and to see it unfold is a blessing and is a great thing” said Russell Westbrook.


Partnering with Scholastic, the Why Not? Foundation launched three Russell’s Reading Rooms at schools in the OKC community including North Highland Elementary School, Martin Luther King Elementary School, and Eugene Field Elementary School. Each reading room is stocked with a total of 1,200 books for reading levels K-12, stereo CD listening stations, and audio libraries with fluency CDs. The Why Not? Foundation also launched Russell’s Reading Challenge where participating OKC schools compete with each other to read the most minutes for a chance to win an end-of-the-year school-wide SUBWAY® party with Russell. Since March 2015, the students have collectively read more than 738,141 minutes.


The Russell Westbrook Why Not? Foundation is dedicated to support the community through education and family service programs while encouraging youth to believe in themselves. The event was presented by Edmond Hyundai and sponsored by Rupture Pin, Jacob Bailey, Mountain Dew, Robert A. & Marjo Burk, Sona.A, Tio Chuy’s Auto Sales, Wasserman Foundation, and ZZW Worldwide.


Oklahoma influencers attended such as Westbrook’s Oklahoma City Thunder teammates Kevin Durant, Nick Collison, Serge Ibaka, Enes Kanter, Coach Scott Brooks, General Manager Sam Presti and supporters from across the world. 


The event was held at AMF Boulevard Lanes, 3501 South Blvd, Edmond, Oklahoma and featured open bowling, contests, and raffles with donations from Jordan Brand, Planet Sox, Trapp Candles, 808 Audio, Kings and Jaxs underwear, and UNU iPhone Gadgets.


joyce brooks, gerard mckeon.  photo by:  rose billings

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