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Russell Westbrook assisting Operation 42, helping hospitals that primarily serve black communities

To celebrate Jackie Robinson Day on Wednesday, Russell Westbrook announced that he's helping launch Operation 42 — an initiative that will donate 4.2 million masks and other personal protective equipment to medical workers primarily serving African-American communities. 

The coronavirus has infected and killed African-Americans at disproportionately high rates

Operation 42 is being led by Thomas Tull, the CEO of investment firm Tulco. 

Tull, the former CEO of Legendary Pictures, was the executive producer of "42" — a 2013 movie about Robinson breaking baseball's color barrier on April 15, 1947. 

The No. 42, which Robinson wore for the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1947-56, has been retired by every Major League Baseball team. 

"To everyone on the front lines fighting and battling this virus, Jackie's spirit lives on in all of you," Westbrook said in a video. "Thank you for your sacrifice and dedication." 

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Houston's Russell Westbrook (0) smiles after talking with Oklahoma City coach Billy Donovan during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Houston Rockets at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]

Houston's Russell Westbrook (0) smiles after talking with Oklahoma City coach Billy Donovan during an NBA basketball game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and Houston Rockets at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]

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Joe Mussatto

Joe Mussatto joined The Oklahoman in August 2018 to cover OU football, men’s basketball and softball. He previously covered University of Kentucky football and basketball for SEC Country. Mussatto is from Oklahoma City and lives in Norman. Read more ›

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