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Russell Westbrook hosts ninth annual Why Not? Bowl

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Always assisting, Russell Westbrook stood behind his young son, Noah, and helped the almost two-year-old push a bowling ball down a ramp.

"Give him about two more years, he'll be a professional," Westbrook said.

Westbrook was giving more than just a helping hand to his family.

On Thursday, Westbrook hosted his ninth annual Why Not? Bowl event to benefit his Russell Westbrook Why Not? Foundation. Westbrook was joined by not just his family at AMF Boulevard Lanes in Edmond, but his Thunder teammates, coaches and team staff.

"Each year I try to find a way to impact more and more people," Westbrook said. "... find a way to constantly keep making a change and difference, especially in education across the world."

Since its inception in 2012, the Why Not? F0undation has launched 39 reading rooms in schools across Los Angeles and Oklahoma, as well as provide books to kids to take home for their own libraries.

The Why Not? Foundation is "committed to uplifting local communities and inspiring children to reach success and never give up in the face of adversity."

In addition to providing assistance to communities through fundraising and raffles, the Why Not? Bowl served as a fun event for the Thunder in the midst of a push to the playoffs.

"I think it's good to get all the guys out," Westbrook said. "I'm thankful for them coming out each year and supporting my charity. Obviously, bowling is something that's fun and family oriented to get everybody out."



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Erik Horne

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