On Thursday, Bowie State unveiled its finished renovations to its basketball court after Kevin Durant donated $500,000 to the school less than a year ago.
— Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5) September 22, 2023
Durant and the Durant Family Foundation, led by KD’s mother Wanda, donated the half a million dollars “to help transform the school’s basketball gym and revitalize its athletics programs.”
Bowie State, an HBCU, is located in Prince George’s County, Maryland, where Durant grew up. Durant did not attend the school.
“I am grateful to my son for his generous heart,” Wanda Durant said. “I am grateful that he realized that it’s important for him to give back to an HBCU, and maybe he will be a catalyst for other athletes in the area and throughout the country to give back to HBCUs.”
Additional funding will go toward BSU’s AC Jordan Arena, located within the Leonidas S. James Physical Education Complex. Facility improvements at Bowie State include the all-new basketball court, additional bleachers, and upgrades to the press box. Durant and his family foundation will also establish a scholarship fund for the Durant Center College Track students who decide to attend Bowie State.
“We are tremendously grateful to Kevin Durant and the Durant Family Foundation for their donation, which has led to the addition of the new floor design and added seating, along with the financial support for men’s and women’s basketball,” Bowie State’s men’s basketball head coach Darrell Brooks said. “Our players are super excited to be able to compete on the KD court representing Bowie State University along with the Durant Family Foundation. The floor design adds pop to the entire arena. The added seating will allow more of our fans to give us the support we need to successfully compete in the CIAA and nationally on the D2 level. Alumni, recruits, parents, and students absolutely love what this space has become.
“The attention we as a University have received as a result of the donation and subsequent renovations has been outstanding. The men’s basketball program will work really hard to uphold what we have been gifted with, and we look forward to continuing to grow our relationship with the Durant Family Foundation.”