Golden State Warriors player Kevin Durant surprised four Bay area kids by promising to pay for their first year of college.
Durant has been a part of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula and mentored kids at the organization, according to a video posted by ESPN.
The basketball star has spent time with them and has heard their life stories, which he says was similar to his.
“I grew up in a similar situation,” said Durant. “For kids that have been through so much already in their short lives. [For them] to be able to get up the next day and keep pushing … I was very proud just to get to meet them.”
He says that the Boys & Girls Club offers stability in kids’ lives, and when he was part of the club he had mentors who supported him.
“I didn’t think I had a home and yet the Boys & Girls Club felt more like home than anywhere else,” Alysia Demery, a student who will have her first year of college paid for, said during a speech at an event by the organization.
Check out the heartwarming video below.
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Teddy is a multimedia journalist who serves as the culture and political writer for EBONY. His work has appeared in NBC's Owned and Operated stations, as well as DNAInfo, which covered local neighborhood news in New York City. He received his Masters in Journalism from the Craig Newmark School of Journalism at CUNY in 2017.