the 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.
The KDCF is an IRS-designated 501(c)(3) public charity.
BUILD IT AND THEY WILL BALL
NIKE + KDCF COURTS RENOVATION INITIATIVE
In 2015, NIKE, Inc., Kevin Durant, and the KDCF partnered to create 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 will propel the mission of the KDCF to enrich the lives of youth from low-income backgrounds through various educational and athletic programs.
Trips abroad to Asia and Europe have also inspired Durant to connect internationally with the next generation leading the game. The following cities have benefited from this initiative:
- Oklahoma City, OK (2015)
- Berlin, Germany (2015)
- Guangzhou, China (2016)
- Austin, TX (2016)
- Seattle, WA (2016)
- Seat Pleasant, MD (May 2017)
- Oakland, CA (May 2017)
"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
In 2015, KD made a surprise visit to see the students at Positive Tomorrows, Oklahoma’s only elementary school specifically for homeless children, bringing with him a $35,000 donation to help renovate their school kitchen.
Additionally, KDCF works to fulfill a portion Positive Tomorrows’ wishlist by contributing science kits, books, educational supplies, costume sets, games, tables, and chairs for the school and home items for families transitioning into permanent housing.