The Kevin Durant Charity Foundation has announced a $10 million commitment to College Track to expand the organization's college completion program to Prince George's County, Maryland, where Durant grew up.
The funds will be used to create the Durant Center, an educational and leadership facility that will host College Track's comprehensive ten-year program, which, starting in the ninth grade, helps students from underserved communities overcome barriers to college attainment and prepares them to succeed in the twenty-first-century economy. College Track @ The Durant Center will welcome its inaugural class from nearby Suitland High School in the fall of 2018. According to the organization, students who participate in the program graduate from college at a rate more than double the national average for low-income and first-generation students.
Founded in 1997 by philanthropist Laurene Powell Jobs and entrepreneur Carlos Watson, Oakland-based College Track prepares high school students for the academic, financial, and socioemotional demands of college, then provides them with support throughout their college years. The Durant Center is the organization's first center on the East Coast; additional locations are slated to open in the Washington, D.C., metro area by 2021. Launched in 2013, the Kevin Durant Charity Foundation is focused on improving the lives of youth from low-income backgrounds through education, athletics, and social programs.
"This is the realization of a dream of mine," said Durant, who earned the Most Valuable Player Award during last year's NBA Championship Finals. "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."
(Photo credit: Kevin Durant Charity Foundation)