Kevin Durant donates $1M to Oklahoma tornado relief

Posted By CAROLINE LEE, UPI.com   |   May 21, 2013 at 1:18 PM   |   Comments

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May 21 (UPI) -- Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder is giving $1 million to the Red Cross for tornado relief, Business Insider reports.

The tornado touched down in Moore, Okla., which is a suburb of Oklahoma City just 11 miles away. Durant made close to $17 million this season and has been an icon of the team and the city itself since the Thunder moved to Oklahoma City in 2008.

This is not the first time he aids relief efforts, either -- in 2010, he donated $100,000 to the Athlete Relief Fund for Haiti to help with recovery after the country was devastated by an earthquake, according to the Hartford Courant. For that fund, fellow athletes LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and other NBA stars joined in the effort.

Durant is the first athlete to promise a lump sum. Matt Kemp, an outfielder for the Los Angeles Dodgers, pledged $1,000 in Oklahoma relief funding per home-run hit between Monday and the MLB All-Star Break in July.

Durant is one of players that has adopted the city full-time, and lives there during the offseason.

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