Kevin Durant, like many NBA players, is a product of the inner city.  Growing up, his young mother struggled to make ends meet while raising a young KD and her two other boys in the surrounding areas of Maryland.  And as we all learned during his unforgettable 2014 MVP speech, basketball was his outlet and his opportunity to create a better life for him and his family.

His “American Dream” came true with the love of his family and his dedication to the game.  Now, he’s giving back to make sure other kids are able to do the same with his newest initiative to build and renovate courts around the world, “BUILD IT AND THEY WILL BALL,” sponsored by Nike.

In a recent press release, KD said:

“When I was young, playing basketball was one of the things that kept me out of trouble and kept me focused on my growth and maturity in to the man I would eventually become.  For that reason, I’ve always wanted to play a leadership role in communities and neighborhoods – like the one I grew up in – and give kids a chance to choose health, teamwork and basketball over some of the other negative influences they may face. Thanks to Nike and many other supporters, the renovation and development of these basketball courts is the perfect opportunity to open these doors.”

The first three courts built by Nike and The Kevin Durant Charity Foundation will open in Oklahoma City, Washington DC and in Berlin.

To donate and find out more about this initiative, visit

Dope, Kevin!


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