Russell Westbrook attends Variety and Sportico’s Sports and Entertainment Summit at 1 Hotel West Hollywood on July 13, 2023. (Photo: Alberto Rodriguez/Variety via Getty Images)
According to VIBE, the future NBA Hall of Famer was there with the founder of Pensole Lewis, Dr. D’Wayne Edwards, author Kevin Carroll, and PepsiCo’s Kent Montgomery. The men were there to participate in the lounge opening that Rodney Banks and Angel Buckens designed. The duo were the winners of the inaugural PepsiCo Design & Innovation program, with support from MillerKnoll.
Yesterday, Russell Westbrook visited Pensole Lewis College in Detroit, the only HBCU dedicated to design.
Through his partnership with PepsiCo, Westbrook spoke with students and helped unveil a brand new student lounge. pic.twitter.com/vkZUYwNkiM
Westbrook said, “I’m so grateful to be part of a partnership that is inspiring young Black creatives and prioritizing their education like the PepsiCo program at Pensole Lewis College. I share a mission with PepsiCo in wanting to create educational opportunities and provide valuable resources to young people who don’t always get the same support as their peers. Together, we want to inspire and encourage students to continue their creative journey and pursue a career in design.”
Local students from the School of Marygrove, Oakland Early College, Martin Luther King, Detroit Edison, University Prep Art & Design, Detroit Kappa League, and Closing the Gap Detroit also participated in the PepsiCo Design & Innovation and Pensole Lewis College Design Thinking workshop that was done in partnership with Chicago Mobile Makers.
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Source: Black Enterprise