MOORE — Registration for Kevin Durant’s basketball camp at the University of Oklahoma’s Huston Huffman Center filled after a couple of weeks, but 900 children were left on the waiting list.
For Durant — maybe only for someone like Durant — it was to open a second camp that will run simultaneously Aug. 7-8, and having it in a community still recovering from a catastrophic tornado.
Durant announced Wednesday he will host a second camp at Westmoore High School in Moore, allowing 600 additional kids to attend.
Durant is reserving free camp spots for children affected by the May 2013 Moore tornado. He will even have a special spot for Hezekiah Darbon, a tornado survivor from Briarwood Elementary who was featured in a piece Durant narrated for ESPN.
“When I learned there was almost double the number of kids on the waiting list as enrolled in the camp, it was an easy decision to add the second site,” Durant said in a release. “This allows me to double my impact on youth in the community and bring attention back to the area of Moore.”
Durant is planning to go back and forth between the two camps, and will likely have Thunder teammates and coaches assisting.
The camp times will be staggered to better allow Durant to spend time at each camp, which will have a combined 1,200 children coming from 26 states and four countries.
Participants will learn fundamental basketball skills and game play, will get to meet and interact with Durant and receive an autograph and team photo with him.
“I think this demonstrates his commitment to his adopted hometown of Oklahoma City,” ProCamps Worldwide representative Julie Roberts said. “It also shows his commitment to wanting to have an impact on kids within that adopted hometown by being able to have an additional 600 attend.”