The UCLA basketball program has been plagued by sub-par practice facilities in the past, and to rectify that matter, ex-Bruin star and current NBA-sensation Russell Westbrook has made a generous donation to his alma mater to get that ball rolling.
It was announced by UCLA on Monday that Westbrook has made the largest-ever donation by a basketball student-athlete to help fund the new Mo Ostin Basketball Center project.
— UCLA Athletics (@UCLAAthletics) December 14, 2015
UCLA announced that the men’s basketball practice floor inside the program’s new state-of-the-art facility will be known moving forward as Russell Westbrook Court. In UCLA’s Jan. 7 game against the Arizona Wildcats, Westbrook will be honored for his generosity.
“Russell isn’t merely a dominant force in the NBA, he’s a force to be reckoned with in the community as well,” said Director of Athletics Dan Guerrero in a statement. “While his Why Not? Foundation’s mission is to inspire the lives of children and teach them to never give up, the fact of the matter is, having witnessed firsthand and from afar his growth over the years, Russell himself is an inspiration. We could not be more proud of his leadership both on and off the court since he left Westwood, and I know the Bruin faithful will be excited to welcome him back home next month and thank him for this tremendous gift.”
Awesome news for UCLA, best program in country to not have a practice facility https://t.co/bAUyFy5gbU
— Doug Gottlieb (@GottliebShow) December 14, 2015
According to Chuck Schilken of the Los Angeles Times, the exact number of Westbrook’s donation is not entirely known. Schilken also writes that UCLA noted that more than $17 million in private funds have been raised for the new men’s and women’s basketball practice facility, including the initial $10 million by music industry executive and philanthropist Morris “Mo” Ostin.