Kevin Durant is continuing his charitability toward Oklahoma City even though the NBA forward has moved on to play for the Golden State Warriors. On Tuesday, Dec. 13, Positive Tomorrows announced the athlete’s Kevin Durant Charity Foundation donated $57,000 to the elementary school.
According to a statement on the Oklahoma-based school’s website, Durant’s hefty gift unlocked a secret $50,000 challenge award that will allow the school to buy land for a new building.
“Kevin continues to be a great friend to Positive Tomorrows, and he has been instrumental in helping our school grow over the last several years,” school president and principal Susan Agel said. “Still, we consistently turn away students due to a lack of space and his generous contribution this year along with several anonymous donors will enable us to embark on our upcoming capital campaign debt-free. We are so grateful.”
Positive Tomorrows works to provide a private, tuition-free education to homeless students in grades kindergarten through fifth grade, 48 percent of which are Black. It also supports families so they can improve their employment, housing and income.
As a supporter of the institution since 2012, Durant has gifted students with shoes on Christmas and paid for a summer program. Last year, NewsOK reported that the NBA star gave $35,000 to the school to stock food and build an all-new kitchen to better serve pupils.
“They needed some help and, simple,” he said of the grant. “I’ve been here and seen the impact it’s had on these kids and I just wanted to help even more.”
This year’s $57,000 gift makes it the fourth time he has provided funds to the school.
“He’s been an instrumental part of our growth,” Agel said. “And it means the world to us and to our students that he continues to believe in our children’s potential and to invest in their futures.”