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Kevin Durant officially announces 10-year, $10 million commitment to PG County students

Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant (35) in the second half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018, in Denver. The Nuggets won 115-108. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

The Kevin Durant Charity Foundation announced Tuesday a 10-year, $10 million commitment toward helping Prince George’s County students.

Durant publicly made the announcement Tuesday evening at Suitland High School in District Heights.

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.

“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 I’ve always had – with world-class educational opportunities and resources that can completely change the game in our community for generations to come.”

The center, which will be named the Durant Center, will be built in his hometown of Seat Pleasant and is expected to open later this year.

The inaugural class slated to begin this fall at the Durant Center will be made up from students at Suitland High School.

College Track’s 10-year program begins with students in the ninth grade and runs through college. 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.

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.

Durant’s announcement event was closed to the media. Parents, students and invited county leaders made up those in attendance.

The Washington Post first reported about Durant’s commitment on Friday. Durant later shared the article on Twitter, essentially confirming the report.

Durant, one of the NBA's best players, was in the area ahead of the Golden State Warriors' game against the Wizards on Wednesday night. As a team, Durant and the Warriors visited the National Museum of African American History and Culture with kids from Seat Pleasant in place of a White House visit with President Trump to celebrate winning last season's NBA title.

For the full video of Durant's announcement ceremony, watch the video below:


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