The Golden State Warriors and Kevin Durant are in the reigning NBA Finals MVP’s old stomping grounds on Tuesday to celebrate their NBA championships. But instead of visiting with President Trump at the White House, they are spending the day hanging out with kids in the Washington D.C. area.
There, Mr. Durant announced a 10-year, $10 million commitment to help underprivileged children in the area attend college.
“This is the realization of a dream of mine,” Durant said, via WJLA in D.C. “To come back home and positively impact the lives of kids – who share the ambitions I’ve always had – with world-class educational opportunities and resources that can completely change the game in our community for generations to come.”
According to Durant, the money will go toward building a center for College Track to help disadvantaged children acquire the skills needed to attend college. Aptly, it will be named The Durant Center. It will also be located in Durant’s hometown of Seat Pleasant.
By now, it’s well known that Durant didn’t grow up in the best of situations. Due to the hard work of his mother, Wanda, and his own perseverance, Durant made a life for himself. He’s hoping this center will hope other kids accomplish the same thing. According to Durant’s foundation, “College Track students graduate from college at a rate more than double the national average for low-income and first-generation students.” It’s most definitely a step in the right direction within a region of the United States that has seen the public school system fail its students.
This comes on the heels of LeBron James building a school of his own in the Akron area of Ohio.
So yeah, these stars are not going to “shut up and dribble.”