Kevin Durant surprised students this week at North Highland Elementary School in Oklahoma City with an upgraded basketball court!
According to NBA.com, the OKC Thunder player popped up on the court as the students walked towards it, which got them really excited! He gave out high fives as the kids smiled and laughed.
This court is the first for the Kevin Durant Charity Foundation‘s BUILD IT AND THEY WILL BALL renovation initiative. Kevin plans to promote the importance of education and athletics for youths in the local community. He wants to share his own experiences on the court that have made him the player and the person that he is today.
“I wanted these kids to learn how I grew up and the values I learned being outdoors,” Kevin said. “This was how I was brought up. This was where I played. This was where I learned how to build relationships by being outdoors.”
“For my students it means a lot, but for the community it means even more,” North Highland Elementary Principal Anita Jones said. “It’s a place for them to be safe and to play. Hopefully, they hone in on those skills and maybe one day, they can be the next Kevin Durant.”
During the ceremony, Kevin also announced a partnership with the Thunder Cares foundation to also refurbish the school’s adjacent outdoor court nearby. “This community is unbelievable. I can’t say enough about how grateful and supportive they are,” Kevin added. “It’s been amazing. I’m excited to get this opportunity and look forward to continue to build more and impact lives.”
Truly, Kevin has made and continues to make a tremendous impact in the OKC community that he plays for. Efforts like these for the kids are especially heartwarming to see!
Image via NBA