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Posted on: May 11, 2017

Durant Gives Back to the Department of Parks and Recreation By helping others follow in his footstep

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – May 11, 2017

MEDIA CONTACT: KIRA CALM LEWIS 301-446-3327; Kira.CalmLewis@pgparks.com – or –

VERONICA MARSHALL 301-446-3313; Veronica.Marshall@pgparks.com


Durant Gives Back to the Department of Parks and Recreation

By helping others follow in his footsteps


Capitol Heights, MD – Kevin Durant invests in the community that invested in him – to the tune of nearly $60,000. The basketball star’s Charity Foundation partnered with Nike to update and improve the outdoor basketball courts at the M-NCPPC, Department of Parks and Recreation, Seat Pleasant Activity Center, where Durant played as a child.


Project discussions began in April 2016, and now the new courts are ready for their grand unveiling! The activity center now boasts two newly renovated regulation sized courts and a retaining wall. (Attached to this release are before and after pictures of the courts.)


At the ribbon cutting celebration, Department of Parks and Recreation, Prince George’s County leaders will address a crowd of more than 400 Seat Pleasant Elementary School students and staff members. Local government leaders and Kevin Durant’s mother Wanda will say a few words as well. Attendees will receive free t-shirts from Nike, along with other giveaways.


Students from Seat Pleasant Elementary School’s mentoring groups (Little L.A.D.I.E.S. – Learning to Accomplish Dreams by Investing in Education and Self; G.E.N.T.S. – Galvanizing and Empowering Natural Talents) will participate in an on-court basketball drills following the remarks and ribbon cutting.


WHAT: Opening Celebration: Unveiling the New Basketball Courts

WHEN: Monday, May 15 promptly at 12:30 p.m.

WHERE: 5720 Addison Road Seat Pleasant, MD 20743


VISUALS: The new basketball courts, Seat Pleasant Elementary School children playing basketball, local leaders, giveaways.

POTENTIAL INTERVIEWS: County and local elected officials, Wanda Durant, and Seat Pleasant Principal Dr. LaChonta Richardson.


The basketball courts at the Seat Pleasant Activity Center have unique importance to Kevin Durant. As a child, he honed his skills and stoked his interest in the game by playing on those courts year-round. Sometimes, Kevin would sleep behind the curtain in the gym because he did not want to go home after school; he just wanted to play basketball.


For more on the Department of Parks and Recreation, visit www.pgparks.com and stay connected on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.  The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Department of Parks and Recreation encourages and supports the participation of individuals with disabilities in all programs and services.


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