Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant is donating $3 million to his alma mater University of Texas at Austin. The former Texas star player’s donation is the largest gift by any Texas Basketball alum in UT’s history, according to a press release from the school. The money will support Texas Basketball and the Center for Sports Leadership and Innovation.
"My time as a Longhorn helped build the foundation for who I am today as a player and a person, and the UT team will always be my family," Durant said. "It's important to me to continue to give back to The University and ensure that future student-athletes have all the opportunities they need to succeed. It's an honor to have such a close and unique relationship with Texas Basketball, and I'm grateful to be able to contribute."
To show its appreciation for Durant’s donation, UT is naming the entrance to Denton A. Cooley Pavilion the Kevin Durant Texas Basketball Center, and the men’s basketball facilities will be named the Kevin Durant Basketball Facility for Men. “Each time I've had the opportunity to visit with Kevin, I've been impressed with his genuine appreciation for his time, growth and development at Texas,” Longhorn head coach Shaka Smart said. “This gift means a great deal to our entire University, but it's more of a reflection of how meaningful the relationships that Kevin built while at Texas remain true to this day.”