It’s NBA Playoffs season and we love watching all the teams perform in awe-inspiring ways on the court. However, we have a special place in our heart for two-time Olympic gold medal winner Kevin Durant. His work to help see the Golden State Warriors reach legend status in the NBA has not gone unnoticed. Although we love watching him play, we are even more blown away by his faith and servant leadership off the court. Here’s a rundown of why Kevin Durant is the true MVP of being a remarkable role model.
He is Radically Generous
Kevin Durant has always been eager to support a community in need. We were most inspired by his generosity in 2013 to support tornado victims when he donated $1 million to the American Red Cross to help those impacted by the Moore Tornado. At the time, Durant played for the Oklahoma Thunder and felt a deep personal connection to the victims of the tornado which struck in Moore, Oklahoma, killing 24 people. Because his generosity was so bold, the Oklahoma Thunder, the NBA and Nike were each inspired to match the donation, multiplying the impact of his gift.
Since then, he hasn’t batted an eye at making even more radically generous donations. In 2018, he donated in remarkable ways to support the communities he grew up in. He first donated $10 million to support college scholarships for kids in his hometown of Prince George Co, MD. That same year he gave another $3 million to support his university, the University of Texas.
— American Red Cross (@RedCross) February 18, 2014
His Faith is Incredibly Personal
Durant has been very open about his Christian faith over the years. He was particularly drawn to the uplifting message proclaimed by Hillsong Church and Kevin formed a personal relationship with Pastor Carl Lentz during his time in Oklahoma City. Lentz went on to baptize Durant in 2013.
The Bible both pumps me up and balances me to play my best.
Kevin is always incredibly articulate and personal when speaking about his faith. In one interview with Beyond the Ultimate, he explained why the Bible is so important in his life. “I read my Bible now all the time… The Bible both pumps me up and balances me to play my best, but it also tells me more about the Lord and how I can live for Him and what all He has done for me. I’m not perfect by any means. I have a long way to go to become close to the Lord, but hopefully, I can continue to stay on that path. I just want to grow spiritually with the Lord and get to know Him as well as I can. I’m keeping strong at it, just trying to make my walk of faith a little better. That’s making me a better person, opening my eyes to things and I’m maturing. Feels good!”
He Radiates Kindness
Durant is well known as the “nicest guy in the NBA” and even starred in a series of commercials for Foot Locker that poked fun of this nickname.
His kindness earned him a great reputation while playing for the Oklahoma Thunder and culminated in 2014 when he partnered with KIND snacks to launch “Strong and Kind,” an effort to encourage kindness in kids and reduce online bullying. For Durant, acting with kindness proves to be one of the greatest signs of his strength.
— Ballislife.com (@Ballislife) March 16, 2014
Kevin, no matter what team you play for, we are always cheering you on. Your faith, generosity and kindness inspire us so much.