Whether basketball fans are rooting for the Golden State Warriors or the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2018 NBA Finals, everyone can agree on rooting for the youth in accomplishing their dreams of attending college. Warriors forward Kevin Durant has been "the real MVP" for students he's worked with in the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula. He surprised four students by paying their first year of college tuition.
In a video published by ESPN, students shared their hardships and journeys in getting into college and working with Durant through the Boys & Girls Clubs. As ESPN reported, Durant has been an active supporter of the Clubs, by donating a basketball court and mentoring students directly, among other contributions. One student shared her story of almost being homeless and talking to Durant about her future dreams of graduating college and becoming a musician.
"He said 'I can see you doing that... which I was just like, 'really? you can?'" she said. "It was crazy just having somebody who started from the bottom and followed their dreams..."
In the video, Durant announced his surprise to pay for the students' first-year college tuition, and their reactions are touching.
"It's something I always dreamt about; I always wanted to be a part of something special outside of myself, so, glad I can be able to help," he said.