Shout to Kevin Durant!
On the eve of his annual homecoming game in Washington D.C. — Kevin Durant plans to be on hand for the opening of “The Durant Center,” a new facility that is aimed at helping low-income and underserved students enroll and graduate from college.
According to Emily Caron of Sports Illustrated, the Golden State Warriors superstar partnered with College Track to form The Durant Center in his hometown of Suitland in Prince George’s County, Maryland.
The after-school center will open with an inaugural class of 69 local students, who will be offered various academic, financial and social-emotional resources to aid college and career development. The center was created in partnership with College Track, an organization that uses a 10-year plan to help students from their early teenage years through college graduation by providing tutoring services and funds for college scholarships.
The nine-time NBA All-Star has pledged $10 million to College Track over the program’s first decade.
The grand opening of “The Durant Center” takes place on Wednesday, which is the day before the Warriors are set to take on the Washington Wizards.
“The full circle stuff that you dream about,” Durant told the Washington Post. “So many people that meant so much to me at that time, and to see my name on the building. Hopefully that inspires kids in the area.”
“Hopefully that inspires kids in the area,” the 30-year-old superstar said.
The trend of basketball stars doing wonderful things in their community has gotten bigger and bigger every year, with one of the biggest contributions being Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James opening the I Promise School in Akron, Ohio last year.