OKC Thunder's Kevin Durant Pledges 1 Million May 22 2013, 0 Comments
The tragedy that has gripped Moore, Oklahoma is painful to watch on TV. Lives that the citizens of Oklahoma have put in blood, sweat, and tears into building...suddenly wiped clean off the map. Oklahoma City Thunder star player, Kevin Durant watched it all unfold and decided to lend a hand. He has pledged 1 Million dollars to help rebuild the lives destroyed in Moore.
"As the day went on and I saw the footage and the casualties and the houses being blown away, it was tough to see," said Durant, who was in Minneapolis to watch longtime friend Monica Wright play a preseason game for the Minnesota Lynx. "I call Oklahoma City my home. I go through Moore all the time. It's unfortunate. We're going to come together as a city like we always do and we're going to bounce back."
The 1 Million Dollar pledge was made through is own foundation and is meant to match other American Red Cross donations as a sort of incentive. The OKC Thunder has also announced a 1 Million Dollar donation, as well as the NBA and Player's Union.
Durant has lived in Oklahoma since the Seattle Supersonics moved there, in 2008, and he considers it home. Having been there a while, he didn't think much of the tornado, as it is a common occurrence, in Oklahoma, but it soon evolved into a real concern.
"It hit so close to home," he said. "It was tough to see."
Furthermore, Durant hopes to return home, today, to visit some of the affected.
"Just to get to the hospital, see some kids," Durant said. "Something. Just something to give some hope. Playing for the Thunder, we mean so much to the state. So many people support us and I just want to go back and support those people."
It has often been argued whether or not one person can make a difference, in this world. I always say that one person trying is better than none.
Props to you, KD....you've restored some of my faith in humanity.