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Russell Westbrook hosted his first Houston holiday party today at Emancipation Park. The Why Not? Foundation worked with four different organizations that serve the Houston area (Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston, Buckner International, Houston Parks and Recreation Department, and the Urban Enrichment Institute) to bring over 300 children together for the Christmas party where they received a surprise visit from Westbrook. The kids were entertained by a DJ, Santa Claus, games, food and a photo station. Every child in attendance received a t-shirt, backpack, Jordan sneakers, wristband and an autographed photo of Russell.
Emancipation Park, founded in 1872 by former slaves, is the oldest park in Houston and was one of the only public parks available to African-Americans during the Jim Crowe era. “I was so happy to be able to do this at Emancipation Park and partner with these incredible organizations in the Houston community. I want to continue connecting with the inner-city youth here in Houston and empower them to ask, Why Not? when they’re told they can’t do something,” said Westbrook.