Build it and they will ball
The mission of the Kevin Durant Charity Foundation (KDCF) is to enrich the lives of at-risk youth from low-income backgrounds through educational, athletic and social programs.
In 2018 alone, the KDCF announced the opening of The Durant Center, completed 5 new court renovations, committed $3M to University of Texas basketball/College of Sports Leadership and Innovation, and established grants to organizations including Black Girls Code ($5K), Teen Diaries Foundation ($7K), Silicon Valley Debug ($10K), New Heights Youth Inc ($25K), Larkin Street Youth Services ($12.5K), Oakland Elizabeth House ($12.5K) and Boys & Girls Club of the Peninsulas ($74K).
Kevin was awarded ESPN's Humanitarian of the Year award and the NBA's yearlong Community Assist Award in 2018.
The KDCF is an IRS-designated 501(c)(3) public charity.
BUILD IT AND THEY WILL BALL
KDCF COURTS RENOVATION INITIATIVE
In 2015, Kevin Durant and the KDCF created the BUILD IT AND THEY WILL BALL Courts Renovation Initiative to increase the number of high quality basketball courts accessible to underprivileged youth across the United States and internationally. BUILD IT AND THEY WILL BALL propels the mission of the KDCF to enrich the lives of youth from low-income backgrounds through various educational and athletic programs.
Durant's global travels have inspired him to connect with the next generation leading the game. The following cities have benefited from this initiative:
- Oklahoma City, OK (2 courts - 2015)
- Berlin, Germany (2015)
- Guangzhou, China (2016)
- Austin, TX (2016)
- Seattle, WA (2016)
- Seat Pleasant, MD (2 courts - May 2017)
- Oakland, CA (2 courts - May 2017)
- New York, NY (July 2017)
- New Delhi, India (2 courts - August 2017)
- Redwood City, CA (September 2017)
- Taipei, Taiwan (July 2018)
- Washington, DC (2 courts - October 2018)
- San Francisco, CA (2 courts - October 2018)
"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.".
- Kevin Durant
The Durant Center
educational and leadership facility
The Kevin Durant Charity Foundation has made a 10-year, $10 million commitment to bring College Track’s renowned college completion program to Durant’s hometown of Prince George’s County (MD), creating The Durant Center, a new state-of-the-art educational and leadership facility.
"This is the realization of a dream of mine. To come back home and positively impact the lives of kids – who share the ambitions I’ve always had..."
- Kevin Durant