“I’m excited about the fact that he’s coming back and giving back to his hometown and he’s providing an opportunity for other children to go off and do well.”, said Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker, ahead of the announcement of a new partnership between the Prince Georges County Public Schools College Track program and the Kevin Durant Foundation.
This comes after an announcement last Friday that the NBA star would be giving $10 million to PGCPS.
PGCPS CEO, Kevin Maxwell said the donation this will benefit about 100 students per year.
“These kids will have academic support during the school day. They’ll have support and wrap around services programs, so I mean, it’s really the full spectrum of what we think of when we talk about community schools.”, said Maxwell.
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The college track program will focus on helping disadvantaged students and be held in the new Durant Center, set to open in Seat Pleasant in 2018.
Media were not allowed inside the event to see if Kevin Durant was actually in attendance, but County Executive Baker says the gesture will have a big impact on education in the County.
“This is not the first time he’s come back, but he’s brought a unique program that’s going to help many of our children in Prince George’s County not only graduate from high school, but graduate from college, and then go on to have a great life.”, said Baker.