Russell Westbrook is giving back.
The Washington Wizards star has partnered with the Los Angeles Promise Fund to open an academy for underprivileged students in the South Los Angeles area, according to TMZ Sports.
The school, named the “Russell Westbrook Why Not? Academy”, will help students from grades 6 through 12.
“My plan is making sure you guys and the future kids coming in have access to all the resources you need to be successful,” the 32-year-old Westbrook said while speaking to a student.
“I’m actually super excited about getting to know all you guys personally because that’s one thing that is very important to me. Because I was just like you guys. I grew up in the city. I understand the struggles.”https://youtu.be/C0pVn3EqlYA
Westbrook says he will be actively involved in the school and will serve as a board member to ensure progress.
“Creating and supporting educational opportunities for underserved youth has always been a passion of mine,” Westbrook said in a press release, via PEOPLE. “It’s so important that every child has access to a good education regardless of their socioeconomic background.”
The academy will provide access to “high-quality athletic programs while balancing a strong education and leadership development.”
There will be basketball, volleyball, soccer, cheer/dance, and cross country programs.