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Russell Westbrook gives All-Star Game MVP car to single mother (pics/vid)


Russell Westbrook proved once again that there is much more than meets the eye when it comes to the Oklahoma City Thunder superstar by donating the car he won for winning the MVP award at the 2015 NBA All-Star Game to a single mother.

The recipient of Westbrook’s thoughtful gesture was Kerstin Gonzalez, a 19-year-old single mother of two who has been utilizing the resources provided by the organization Sunbeam Family Services for some time and its location in Oklahoma City is where she was surprised by the Thunder point guard.

Gonzalez was of course taken aback when Westbrook sneaked up behind her and tapped her on the shoulder on Monday, but quickly broken into tears once the NBA star pulled the keys for the Kia.

The Thunder documented the heartwarming scene on Twitter.

“Are they playing a prank on me or something?” Gonzalez said later of her initial reaction, per an report. “When he showed me the keys, I was like ‘this is real’. That’s when I started to cry because it’s been such a hard time.”

Gonzalez’s car wouldn’t start on Monday and has been relying on family and friends to get by and get to work and school. Despite the many obstacles, Gonzalez will graduate from high school this year.

“There were definitely tears of joy and I could tell some tears of hard work and all the different things she’s been through in her life,” Westbrook said. “Today was a stepping stone in showing her that everything is going to be alright.”

While it may go under-reported compared to his on-court heroics, Westbrook is deeply committed to his community. In fact, the Thunder superstar, a legitimate MVP candidate, actually was gunning for a different NBA award entirely.

Westbrook said previously it was one of his main goals all season to win the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award, given annually by the NBA to a player, coach, or staff member who shows “outstanding service and dedication to the community.”

While the Thunder point guard wasn’t nominated for the award this year, generous acts like the one he committed on Monday arguably makes him a shoo-in for a nomination next year.