The season might be over for Russell Westbrook, but he is doing all he can to lift the spirits of those affected by the recent tornado that destroyed a portion of Moore and Oklahoma City.
Yahoo! Sports brings us a report with the beautiful images we need at such times. It all centers around the Oklahoma City Thunder star doing what he can to lend some support and goodwill to people who need it most.
One image that seems to be making the rounds at the moment is Westbrook slapping five with someone we are confident is his biggest fan at the moment.
If you enjoy that image, The Basketball Jones' Trey Kerby has a GIF that keeps on giving in the smiles department.
As for specifics, Thunder reporter Nick Gallo reports on a Ketchie family whom survived a horrible ordeal. Per the report, Janna Ketchie found out that the day care her two boys—three-year-old Grayson and six-month-old Brayden—were staying at had been destroyed.
Thankfully, she discovered both were at OU Children’s Hospital in Oklahoma City. Gallo has more on the story:
the Ketchie’s story has a happy ending. Both of their children will be okay, and as they were recovering, they were one of the many families the Thunder visited at the Children’s Hospital the day after the tragic storm. Russell Westbrook, Jeremy Lamb, Hasheem Thabeet, DeAndre Liggins and Head Coach Scott Brooks all met with families recovering from the horrific tornado in the PICU. The highlight of the day was when Westbrook, despite being in a wheelchair as he recovers from his torn right meniscus, played with Grayson, exchanged high-fives and blew bubbles.
"He played with Grayson so wonderfully," Ketchie said. "It’s so awesome. They’re great guys… It’s amazing to see that he’s a professional basketball player who we know from nobody and he’s blowing bubbles with my son to make my son feel better. It’s amazing."
This is just the most recent example of athletes stepping forward to help those who absolutely need it. The Los Angeles Dodgers' Matt Kemp vowed to donate an additional $250,000 on top of his home run pledge to victims of the tornado.
Westbrook's teammate Kevin Durant pledged $1 million to the Red Cross in a similar effort. While donations are certainly needed, sometimes the tiniest gestures go a long way.
Smiles are in short order at the moment, but Westbrook did all he could to remedy that fact.
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