The story of how Russell Westbrook saved Brenda Hawkins’ life.
Brenda Hawkins is Russell Westbrook’s biggest fan. She attends every Oklahoma Thunder home game and owns every jersey he has ever worn. While this may seem to be a bit much, the fandom has literally saved Brenda’s life. Both Brenda and her husband have always loved basketball. They used to attend Oklahoma State basketball games as well as Hornets games until the team left in spring of 2007. A few months later, their son, Andrew, passed away. While Brenda’s husband and daughter went back to work after grieving, she found herself falling into an unhealthy cycle. Since she had retired, Brenda had a lot of free time and she spent it at his grave. With the depression getting worse, she saw a grief counselor who recommended that she find a hobby or diversion.
Enter Russell Westbrook. The city had just received the Oklahoma City Thunder team and Westbrook was a rookie. Brenda noticed the energy that Westbrook had and she was drawn to him. Simply put, watching him play made her happy and it became a lifesaver. When Westbrook held his first basketball camp for kids, Brenda brought a group of children to attend. She’s combined her passion for teaching with her love of Westbrook. While quirky, it shows the power that sports has to truly impact an individual. In this case, Westbrook brought peace and happiness to the Hawkins’ family.
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