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Westbrook Gives UCLA $1.0 million; Bruins honor him

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Thunder All-Star guard Russell Westbrook addreses the Pauley Pavilion crowd Thursday during a ceremony to honor the former UCLA basketball standout. Photo: LA Times

Russell Westbrook of the Oklahoma City Thunder gave UCLA, the team he played for in college, one million dollars, helping the Los Angeles school build a new practice facility on campus for the basketball programs. It will be called the “Russell Westbrook Court”.
Westbrook was in Pauley Pavillion (at a game between UCLA and Arizona) last night as he was honored by the Bruin’s for the gift.  Oklahoma City Thunder owner Clay Bennett and General Manager Sam Presti were in attendance, along with teammates of the NBA team, including Kevin Durant.  Westbrook was with his new wife, Nina, his college sweetheart, also a former basketball player for UCLA.

 

“I’m proud to be a part of the greatest university in the world,” Westbrook told the crowd, before leading it in a fight song.

 

 

 

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Fred Pahlke, an Oklahoma native has viewed over 10,000 sporting events in his 64 years. A season ticket holder of the Oklahoma City Thunder, former season tickect holder for the Oklahoma Sooners, Oklahoma City University Chiefs/Stars, he is an expert in both professional and college basketball and football. A high school athlete at Classen High School in basketball and tennis, he played amateur tennis after high school in the Missouri Valley Tennis Association. A graduate of Oklahoma City University, he taught in the public schools for 6 years before becoming a building administrator in the Oklahoma City Public Schools for 31 years, 28 as the Principal of various schools in the district. Fredsportsextra has recorded 101, 410 article views in its first ten months, from August 2015 through May 2016.

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