UPPER MARLBORO – Basketball has been a staple in Prince George’s County for many years. The area has established its stake in the sport with the likes of players such as Michael Beasley, Victor Oladipo, Jeff Green and a bevy of talented NBA players and their importance to the community is never forgotten.
NBA Superstar and Golden State Warrior Kevin Durant made his way back to the area last week to celebrate his 2017 NBA Championship. He also made a stop to make a big announcement about a $10 million commitment to Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) students through a renowned college completion program called College Track, as well as The Durant Center, a new state-of-the-art educational and leadership facility to be built in Seat Pleasant sometime this year.
Despite living the NBA lifestyle, Durant shows his compassion for the community giving back for a great cause to a place that he used to call home.
“To see this come full circle now is a dream come true. I would like to thank everyone in this room for making this dream become a reality. This is something that we talked about for so long and to see it come around so quickly is pretty amazing,” Durant said.
The College Track at The Durant Center will have its first class from Suitland High School. The program will benefit students from less unfortunate communities to help them graduate from college. It will also be a 10-year program beginning in the ninth grade through college; to help students succeed in today’s economy.
“This center is not something for today, but to empower these kids to believe in themselves and know that there is more of a world then what they see right now. There’s a bigger life out there and more that they need to see. I’m excited that we get to kickstart them on this journey,” Durant said.
“Kevin Durant’s athletic skills and accomplishments are known around the world; however, to Prince Georgians, his compassion, commitment and dedication as a humanitarian is what truly makes him a world class role model to our children,” said Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker, III.