Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors hangs out on the field during pregame warmups before the Longhorn's game against UTEP Saturday September 10, 2016 in Austin. Rodolfo Gonzalez/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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Kevin Durant sends White House message on mentor initiative

Posted October 25th, 2016

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Kevin Durant has joined another star-studded team.

The NBA superstar and former Texas Longhorn published a White House email Tuesday, announcing he’s teamed up with President Barack Obama in an effort to connect mentors with students.

Born and raised in Seat Pleasant, Maryland, I grew up in a community with higher rates of poverty and lower graduation rates than most of the state. For me, having the support of my mom was critical, but the support of mentors like the people I met at the local Boys and Girls Club, or people at my community activity center, or my youth basketball coach also helped ensure that I was able to graduate from high school and pursue my dreams.

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The initiative, called “My Brother’s Keeper,” aims to create “meaningful connections that can positively impact the lives of both mentor and mentee.” The effort has also been championed by Durant’s teammate with the Golden State Warriors, two-time MVP Stephen Curry.

Durant and the Warriors begin their season Tuesday night, hosting the San Antonio Spurs for a 9:30 p.m. tip-off on TNT.

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