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Kevin Durant: The gift who keeps on giving

John Rohde Modified: May 24, 2013 at 10:40 am •  Published: May 24, 2013


 
Kevin Durant toured the devastation in Moore on Wednesday. (Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman)
Kevin Durant toured the devastation in Moore on Wednesday. (Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman)

Ever since an EF5 tornado ripped through the heart of Oklahoma, Thunder All-Star Kevin Durant has been on a mission to mend all broken hearts left in its path.

He donated $1 million from the Kevin Durant Family Foundation to the American Red Cross for tornado relief, which quickly motivated others to give more than $7.5 million as a direct result of Durant’s gift. On Wednesday, he toured the devastation and offered words of encouragement, as did several other members of the Thunder organization.

As if he hadn’t already gone above and beyond the call, more news came Thursday that Durant was doing even more.

Nike released the following statement: “Nike will donate footwear and apparel valued at approximately $1 million to assist those communities most in need via Good360, a nonprofit organization that will distribute the product to prequalified charities. In partnership with Kevin Durant, we will also donate all profits from the sale of his signature shoe, the KD V Elite, sold on nike.com (gonike.me/OKC ) between May 23 and June 15 in equal amounts to Kaboom, a national non-profit that rebuilds playgrounds, and the Moore Public School Foundation, an Oklahoma organization that supports the Moore Public School District.”

Below is the KD V Elite shoe. Note the “Rise Oklahoma” insignia in the lower right-hand corner. -  John Rohde


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