They tried to run with “he’s not nice” as a slogan for Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant. That may very well be true when you’re talking about the way he devastates his opponents on the basketball court, but he is anything but “not nice” off the court.
Durant willingly donated $1 million – no small amount for any athlete or celebrity – to assist in disaster relief efforts of the horrific tornado that hit and devastated Oklahoma on Tuesday. It’s obvious that Durant wishes to support the city he plays for in every way possible during such difficult times, and his efforts continued on Thursday, convincing Nike to support the cause as well.
Nike will match the bar set by Durant and donate $1 million worth of Nike products to those affected by the tornado. Here are the details from the Nike site:
Nike stands with Kevin Durant to support the victims of the Oklahoma tornadoes. $1M worth of Nike products will be donated to those affected by the storms, and the profits from Oklahoma City KD V Elites sold on Nike.com between May 23 and June 15 will go towards Oklahoma Relief efforts.
It’s trying times like these where some truly show just how much they really care. Durant has been a great role model and is setting quite an example of how to be a positive influence for a community as an athlete.
It’s a great gesture by Nike as well. Handing out athletic equipment won’t necessarily solve any long-term issues, but the willingness to support the victims in any way possible shows the caring and dedication necessary to help them get through this horrifying situation.