On top of trying to help the Golden State Warriors secure their second consecutive NBA Championship, Kevin Durant is also on a mission to pay it forward and empower the youth in the Bay Area community. In doing so, the NBA star offered to pay for the first year of college for four students that he mentored at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula in Menlo Park, California.
“I grew up in a similar situation. Here are four kids that have been through so much in their short lives and to be able to get up the next day and keep pushing, keep trucking. I was very proud just to be able to meet them,” Durant shared in an ESPN video.
Kevin Durant surprised four students by paying for their first year of college tuition. pic.twitter.com/7QvOtkbqMBadvertisement
— ESPN (@espn) June 6, 2018
The 29-year-old is known for his philanthropic efforts. From creating the Kevin Durant Charity Foundation to improve the lives of at-risk youth, to donating $10 million dollars to help kids in his hometown of Prince George’s County, Maryland attend college, to committing $13 million dollars to community causes this year- and this is just to name a few.
“It means a lot to the community,” said Durant’s teammate Quinn Cook of his commitment to their hometown. “It’s not just the amount of money that he donated. It’s the constant support that he gives to the kids. He’s always back, showing his face. He’s like a superhero—on and off the court—to the kids back home.”
We couldn’t agree more. Watch the full video of the most recent students that Durant invested in below.