Warriors' Kevin Durant balls with kids at newly renovated Oakland basketball court
OAKLAND, Calif. (KTVU) - Fresh off a Game 2 Western Conference win Tuesday night, Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant is not taking the day off.
Instead, KD started balling on Wednesday with about 200 kids at four newly renovated basketball courts at Lincoln Square Park on 11th Street in Oakland as part of an effort to get more children out of trouble and onto the courts.
Oakland is just one of the many cities where kids have received a renovated basketball court thanks to the generosity of the Kevin Durant Charity Foundation, which bears the slogan, “Build it and They Will Ball.”
His charity has already renovated courts in his hometown of Seat Pleasant, Maryland; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Austin, Texas; Seattle; Madison, Wisconsin; Washington, D.C.; Berlin, Germany; and Guangzhou, China.
There will be other Bay Area court renovations this summer, according to the Warriors, along with upgrades in New York City and Delhi, India.
Courts can change lives, Durant 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 into the man I would eventually become," Durant said on his foundation website. "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.”
Through the Warriors Makin’ Hoops program, the Warriors Community Foundation and Good Tidings Foundation have refurbished more than 70 basketball courts around the Bay Area since 2000.