Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant, fresh off a dazzling NBA Finals MVP performance that fueled his first championship, has some unique offseason plans.
The eight-time All-Star begins a jam-packed volunteer trip to India next week with the goal of bolstering the global popularity of the sport. Durant will first stop in New Delhi to donate two new basketball courts to the Ramjas School – via his own charity foundation. He then heads to Noida to the NBA Academy India. There, he’ll serve as a coach and help lead a youth clinic for 5,000 male and female players from the Reliance Foundation Jr. NBA program.
“I’m excited to travel to India to help promote the game of basketball and meet the prospects at the NBA Academy India,” Durant said in a statement. “I’ve wanted to visit India for a long time, and I can’t wait to experience the country’s unique culture and share my knowledge with the kids there.”
Durant will be the first NBA player to visit NBA Academy India — an elite basketball training center for the top male and female prospects in India, which opened in May.
“We are thrilled to host 2017 Finals MVP Kevin Durant in India,” said NBA India managing director Yannick Colaco in a statement. “Kevin is coming off an historic season with the Golden State Warriors. Having one of the very best players in our league interact with the basketball playing youth of India will serve as great inspiration to the next generation of players here, especially the high-performing prospects at The NBA Academy India.”