Kevin Durant Funds 10-Year, $10 Million College Track Program

    Kevin Durant is the latest, shining example of an African-American superstar athlete who has been critical of President Trump, inspired by Colin Kaepernicks bravery and motivated to devote a substantial amount of his money and time to social change and improving conditions and opportunities for kids within the underserved community that birthed his greatness. 

    John White on Twitter

    @NBA star Kevin Durant is talking about growing up in Suitland and now being proud to give back with a $10M investment and partnership with @CollegeTrack and @PGCPS.

    The Kevin Durant Charity Foundation announced Tuesday a 10-year, $10 million commitment toward helping Prince Georges County students. Durant publicly made the announcement Tuesday evening in a private ceremony at Suitland High School in District Heights.

    Kevin Durant on Twitter

    The Durant Center has been a dream of mine for a long time, excited to announce it’s finally happening in Prince George’s County with @CollegeTrack @PGCPS https://t.co/XvbwK1Mi7y

    According to WJLA news in Washington, D.C., The money will help fund a program called College Track, a 10-year program that provides support to disadvantaged students to help them attend college. 

     As part of the investment, a College Track center will also be built.

     The Durant Center will be the first College Track center on the East Coast, as well as the first of three in the D.C. area. The other two facilities are expected to open by 2021.

     This is the realization of a dream of mine, Durant said. To come back home and positively impact the lives of kids who share the ambitions Ive always had with world-class educational opportunities and resources that can completely change the game in our community for generations to come.

    John White on Twitter

    The Suitland HS jazz combo does a set with @NBA star Kevin Durant

    The Durant Center, will be built in the 2017 NBA MVPs hometown of Seat Pleasant and is expected to start changing lives, molding minds and raising possibilities later this year with the first class beginning in the Fall comprised of students from Suitland High School.

     Its a 10-year program that begins with students in the ninth grade and runs through college. A decade of being pushed towards success and fed with knowledge. 

    College Track on Twitter

    CollegeTrack CEO @elissasalas_ sharing why our 10-year program helps remove the academic, financial, & socio-emotional barriers that prevent #lowincome and #firstgen students from earning a #college degree and reaching upward social mobility #10YearPromise @SuitlandHigh1 @pgcps

    According to a release from the Kevin Durant Charity Foundation, College Track students graduate from college at a rate more than double the national average for low-income and first-generation students.

    This is a groundbreaking accomplishment by Durant and hopefully sets a precedent that his other celebrity NBA superstars follow. 

    LeBron James on Twitter

    Love what @KDTrey5 is doing in his hometown with that up and coming learning center! Means a lot to those kids. Salute G!

    Investing in his community and the young minds that will eventually take over the maintenance of that community is one of the best ways to see his money get positive, impactful and long-lasting returns. Counting success in college degrees makes sense. KD is the real MVP this week.  

    JR Gamble joined The Shadow League in 2012. The General Manager of Content & Social Media is in his 25th year of covering sports and culture professionally. He has covered a wide variety of major sports and entertainment topics across different mediums, including radio, newspapers, magazines and national TV. His passion is baseball, the culturing of baseball and preserving and documenting the historically-impactful accomplishments and contributions of African-Americans in baseball.