On Tuesday morning, less than 24 hours after a vicious EF-4 tornado struck the town of Moore, Oklahoma, Kevin Durant pledged an incredible donation to the victims of this tragedy.
The Oklahoma City Thunder superstar is the face of the city and Moore, a suburb just south of where the Thunder call home, was devastated by a tornado that continues to cause a rising death toll in the area. With two elementary schools and nearly the entire town leveled by a storm that had winds up to 200mph, Durant is giving back to the area that he calls home.
Kevin Durant has donated $1 million to the Red Cross for Tornado relief.
— Royce Young (@dailythunder) May 21, 2013
Durant donated $1 million to the Red Cross in their relief efforts to help survivors and victims and hopefully help the town move forward from this devastation. Durant’s thoughtful donation speaks for itself — it’s a remarkable gesture.
Durant is currently under contract until 2015 and he made over $15 million this past season. That means that including 82 regular season games and 11 playoff contests, Durant donated a lump sum equivalent to a little more than six games.
The Thunder were eliminated from the playoff just last week in five games by the Memphis Grizzlies. Durant’s back court mate Russell Westbrook suffered a torn meniscus that sidelined him for the remainder of the playoffs. Without Westbrook, the Thunder’s struggles were noticeable at times, as this squad must now re-group for next season.
Disappointment aside however, Durant’s incredible gesture shows the thought and overall care that he has towards his fans in a time of tragedy.
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