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Kevin Durant Charity Foundation, DCHA unveils 2 new basketball courts in Southeast D.C.

Courtesy of KDCF

Southeast D.C. has two new basketball courts thanks in part to Kevin Durant and his charity.

The Kevin Durant Charity Foundation and the District of Columbia Housing Authority unveiled Friday new basketball court renovations at the Potomac Gardens and Hopkins apartment complexes.

The courts are newly refurbished and painted and feature new hoops and nets.

“With this partnership with the Kevin Durant Charity Foundation, our young people have a refreshed space to play and keep healthy and active,” DCHA executive director Tyrone Garrett said in a statement. “Basketball teaches kids dexterity, quick decision making, mobility, as well as sportsmanship and teamwork. Combined with education, these are all great skills to take with you on your path to success. DCHA looks forward to working with the foundation in the future.”

As part of the unveiling, several dozen youth from the local communities worked on their passing, dribbling and shooting. Nike and the Kevin Durant Charity Foundation also supplied the youth in attendance with giveaways.

Both Wanda Durant, Kevin’s mother, and Tyrone Garrett, executive director of the DCHA, were in attendance and made remarks during the brief speaking program. Redskins cornerback Josh Norman also was in attendance.

BUILD IT AND THEY WILL BALL, KDCF’s signature program, works to build or fully renovate basketball courts in underserved communities across the United States and internationally in addition to ensuring the courts are utilized for youth athletic programming. Since 2015, courts have been built or renovated in Oklahoma City; Guangzhou, China; Berlin, Germany; Austin; Seattle, New York, and San Francisco.

“The KDCF continues to expand its incredible footprint across the globe, and we are extremely proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish thus far,” vice president of KDCF Rich Kleiman said in a statement. “This is the latest installment of Kevin’s continued efforts within his hometown of DC and we are very excited to provide the community with first-class athletic programming as well as a beautiful place to play for years to come.”

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

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