Build It and They Will Ball

“Outdoors is where I learned to play.”

When Kevin Durant took the stage at his restaurant, KD’s Southern Cuisine, in Oklahoma City on Sunday night, he told a story about growing up playing basketball on blacktop courts.

With his mother, his Thunder teammates and members of the Oklahoma City community looking on, it was an occasion to celebrate the chance to give back the gift he received as a child. Durant talked about the signature mission of the Kevin Durant Charity Foundation, the “Build It and They Will Ball” initiative, which builds and renovates basketball courts in underserved communities across the U.S.

The Players’ Tribune was behind the scenes with KD, and his family and friends, for the night’s festivities.

To find out more about the work of the Kevin Durant Charity Foundation, visit