Kevin Durant donates $1 million to Oklahoma tornado relief
There will be no possible way to make life easy for the residents of Moore, Oklahoma and the surrounding areas in the coming weeks, months and years, but athletes have already begun trying to do their part to help the state recover in the wake of the disastrous tornado that touched down on Monday. According to Royce Young of CBSSports.com, Kevin Durant has donated $1 million.
Durant made his donation to the Red Cross, matching the $1 million the Thunder’s primary sponsor Chesapeake Energy made on Monday.
The death toll is currently unclear, but various reports have the number climbing over 50 people with hundreds of others injured. Sure, Durant made over $17 million this year and will make nearly $20 million per season over the next two. But it’s still $1 million, and it will help more than a few people get back on their feet.
To give you some perspective, the Boston Red Sox donated $100,000 to the One Fund after the Boston Marathon bombings last month. That’s not to say the Red Sox’s donation was insignificant by any means, but it shows you the type of person Durant is that he was willing to donate 10 times that amount as a single player. As we told you earlier, Dodgers slugger Matt Kemp has also pledged $1,000 for every home run he hits this season. Hopefully the donations keep rolling in during this time of tremendous need.