If you've been paying attention to the NBA off the court, you will have seen that many players are trying their hands at building businesses outside of their playing careers. Kevin Durant is one such player. His interest in the tech industry has been blossoming and has, in fact, led him to an interesting charitable connection in Silicon Valley. Through his tech dealings, Durant was introduced to Laurene Powell Jobs, Co-founder and President of College Track. College Track is a 10-year program that provides tutoring, test prep, college choice, and financial aid to underserved youth. Until now, they have not expanded to the East Coast, but Durant is changing that.
Durant has partnered with College Track to launch a program at Prince George's public schools in Seat Pleasant, MD and has donated $10 million to the initiative. The first cohort will consist of 60 students who wouldn't typically have access to the same caliber of academic guidance that College Track provides. These students will commit to three to five hours a week outside of school working on college readiness, as well as a summer program, all with the end goal in mind: a bachelor's degree. Durant's investment and College Track's curriculum will support these students through both high school and college, all the way to graduation.
Durant has proven himself as a humble, selfless role model in the NBA. This partnership takes his philanthropy to the next level, and he will change the trajectory of these students' - and their families' - lives. In his own words, "Coming back to the neighborhood and showing them the experiences you went through, coming back and showing them what you’ve seen. You start the upward cycle.”
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