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A Single Mom’s Hard Work Is Rewarded When This Famous Athlete Gives Her A BIG Surprise!

by Emerald Pellot
Emerald Pellot graduated summa cum laude from New York University with a degree in Writing & Popular Culture. She worked as Senior Editor of College Candy for 2 years, covering feminism, popular culture, and college life before joining LittleThings in 2015. Based in New York City, Emerald covers a wide range of topics from human interest pieces to celebrity news.

Russell Westbrook is best known for being a star athlete. The point guard for the Oklahoma City Thunder is a four-time NBA All-Star.

In 2015, he was named the NBA All-Star Game’s Most Valuable Player. The guy is good — but not just on the court.

If you think the aggression athletes need in the game speaks to who they really are, you’re quite mistaken.

Just take a look at what Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III did for this sick girl, or what this basketball team did when a classmate with Down syndrome was being bullied!

Meet single mother Kerstin Gonzalez. Gonzalez has two sons, ages 4 and 6, and was only fourteen when she had her first child.

Struggling to provide for her beloved children, she receives support from Sunbeam Family Services, an organization that helps families in need to get back on their feet.

She works, is finishing high school, and hopes to go to college to study forensic science.

While Westbrook is known for his big game, he also has quite the big heart. Founder of the Russell Westbrook Why Not? Foundation, which aims to inspire and empower children, altruism isn’t anything new for the athlete.

As you’ll see in the photos below, just like Gonzalez, it’s impossible not to cry!

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When it was announced Westbrook won MVP, he was also awarded a brand new Kia.

When it was announced Westbrook won MVP, he was also awarded a brand new Kia.

What no one knew is that he planned to give it to Gonzalez. The single mother had been borrowing cars from friends and family to get to work and school.

What no one knew is that he planned to give it to Gonzalez. The single mother had been borrowing cars from friends and family to get to work and school.

"Today was a good stepping stone to show her everything is going to be all right," Westbrook said.

"Today was a good stepping stone to show her everything is going to be all right," Westbrook said.

Gonzalez said she thought it was a prank at first but then, "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 said she thought it was a prank at first but then, "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.”

See what Westbrook has to say about Gonzalez in the video below!