Look: How Russell Westbrook, Cam Newton and Other NBA and NFL Stars Are Giving Back for Thanksgiving

Russell Westbrook, Cam Newton

Look: How Russell Westbrook, Cam Newton and Other NBA and NFL Stars Are Giving Back for Thanksgiving

Lots of turkeys to plenty of families.

Published November 23, 2016

It's that time of year for us to reflect on what we're thankful for and give back to those in need. 

Athletes aren't any different. From Russell Westbrook to Cam Newton, Carmelo AnthonyRussell Wilson and more, sports' biggest stars are giving back this Thanksgiving in a major way.

Here's how those star athletes and others are feeding families for the holidays and more. Salute to them for giving back!

  1. Russell Westbrook

    Due to the NBA's scheduling gods, Russell Westbrook was back to his L.A. roots, serving up these Thanksgiving dinners to many appreciative folks. Rapper Nipsey Hussle joined in, supporting the initiative from Russ's Why Not? Foundation.

  2. Cam Newton

    The NFL MVP's annual Thanksgiving Jam fed more than 800 kids this year. Cam even led them in a #MannequinChallenge entry. Grand gesture.

  3. Carmelo Anthony

    Just like Cam Newton's Thanksgiving touchdown for the kids, Carmelo Anthony's huge assist helped provide 800 families with essentials for the holiday.

  4. James Harden

    Blessed to be in position to give back. Happy Thanksgiving #3TheHardenWay

    A photo posted by jharden13 (@jharden13) on

    No need to "Fear the Beard" when he's hosting a Thanksgiving feast.

  5. John Wall

    Easily the biggest and most important assist that John Wall recorded this season.

  6. Russell Wilson

    Joshua is a rock star & baller from Mercer Island High! @Ciara & I were pumped to meet him & his family. @SeattleChildrens

    A photo posted by Russell Wilson (@dangerusswilson) on

    Russell Wilson didn't hand out turkeys, but he gave back the way he always does — by spending some time with kids at the Seattle Children's Hospital. And wife Ciara rolled with him. They have plenty to be thankful for with a baby on the way.

  7. Tristan Thompson

    Tristan Thompson brought along his boo, Khloe Kardashian, for this turkey drive for The Land.

  8. J.R. Smith

    Teaching our girls the importance of helping others! @jewey808

    A photo posted by JR Smith (@teamswish) on

    J.R. Smith joined his Cleveland Cavaliers teammate Tristan and brought his daughters to teach them the valuable lesson about giving back.

  9. Pierre Garcon and Chris Baker

    The Washington stars couldn't help but laugh while giving a turkey to a Dallas Cowboys fan at the team's turkey drive. Washington visits Dallas for a big game on Thanksgiving afternoon.

  10. Donald Penn

    Donald Penn and his Oakland Raiders teammates gave back in a major way by feeding over 250 families. The squad has given Raider Nation plenty to be thankful for on the field, too, where the Black and Silver sport a surprising 8-2 record.

Written by BET Staff

(Photos from left: Sam Greenwood/Getty Images, Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)


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