Apr 14, 2020 2:20 PM

NBA star donates 650 computers to children in need as schools remain closed

Posted Apr 14, 2020 2:20 PM

Associated Press

Houston Rockets star Russell Westbrook has donated 650 computers to children in need so they can continue learning with schools shut down because of the new coronavirus.

Westbrook’s Why Not? Foundation teamed with Comp-U-Dopt and Houston mayor Sylvester Turner’s office of education to provide computers to underprivileged children across the city.

Comp-U-Dopt has given almost 1,000 computers to families in Houston since March 18 through a computer drive-thru. Families register through the Comp-U-Dopt website and can get a free computer if they are selected through a lottery. Turner’s office said that 83% of students given computers live in households earning less than $35,000 a year.

“Russell Westbrook proves why he is a champion on and off the court,” Turner said. “This donation will be a game changer for many students and their families coping with the impact of the COVID-19 crisis.”

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Apr 14, 2020 2:20 PM
Huskers hosting "virtual spring game" Saturday

Associated Press

Nebraska fans can scratch their football itch Saturday when the school’s athletic department streams a virtual spring game on its social media platforms.

All 39 spring games scheduled this week have been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Nebraska spring game typically draws as many as 85,000 at Memorial Stadium. Last year’s contest generated about $1 million in ticket sales and concessions.

The virtual spring game will feature Nebraska greats of the past with audio provided by the voices of the Learfield IMG College/Husker Sports radio network.

Georgia has produced a virtual G-Day plan for Saturday. The SEC Network will re-broadcast the 2019 game against Notre Dame. Bulldogs coach Kirby Smart will tweet commentary. The team’s radio broadcast team will have a Facebook live broadcast.

Notre Dame is holding a Saturday night “watch party” with the 2006 game against UCLA on the athletic department’s YouTube channel. There will be a fan chat, trivia questions and chances to win Fighting Irish apparel.