Source: Chris Strauss / USA Today
As the star of the Oklahoma City Thunder, Kevin Durant has led by his actions since arriving in town as the team’s franchise player in 2008. Now he’s taking an ever bigger leadership role in the community, donating $1 million to the Oklahoma Red Cross to help with relief efforts following Monday’s devastating tornado that killed at least two dozen people in the area.
Durant was one of many athletes with ties to the area to express their support via Twitter Monday -he hasn’t publicly commented on the gift yet – but his financial gesture is certainly the largest of its kind so far. Oklahoma native and Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp publicly pledged $1000 per home run from now until the All-Star break, a charitable move but most likely a grand contribution that at best equals $25,000, or a fifth of the $125,000 he makes per game.
The 24-year-old All-Star also contributed $100,000 to the Athlete Relief Fund for Haiti in 2010 following the devastating earthquakes in Haiti. Durant, who made $17.8 million this past season, the third in the five-year, $89.1 million extension he signed in 2010, talked about what it means to play in Oklahoma City following his team’s Western Conference semifinals series loss to the Memphis Grizzlies last week.
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