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Kevin Durant has a message for his hometown

Posted January 24th, 2018

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Kevin Durant became a national household name when he was a baby-faced teenager dunking on the rest of college basketball while wearing burnt orange.

To Seat Pleasant, Maryland, Durant was a star long before that. In a thoughtful, inspirational letter published by The Undefeated, the Golden State Warriors star wrote about his upbringing and provided some food for thought on under-served neighborhoods in the United States.

Durant wrote:

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When we’re given the gift of a great environment where people care for us and support us, it is our duty to give it back. We need to invest in our own communities. Invest in our kids. I believe communities will blossom and our country as a whole will be better because of it.

Durant has been giving back a lot lately, including in Austin. Earlier this month it was announced that the 2007 national player of the year had donated $3 million to the University of Texas.

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“I was always just thinking about basketball, but I started thinking about life, relationships, friendships, culture, brotherhood,” he told the American-Statesman. “I learned the game here on a different level. That’s why I feel like I’m so tight with the program. I may have played basketball here for one year, but I’ve been here every year since — for 10 years. It’s much more than basketball.”

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In 2016, the Kevin Durant Charity Foundation was a partner in constructing a $100,000 basketball court at the IDEA Rundberg campus in Austin. According to the foundation’s website, two courts have been built in Seat Pleasant.

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