Kevin Durant is spending part of his NBA off season in India growing the beautiful game of basketball.
According to the Associated Press, the 2017 NBA Finals MVP donated two basketball courts to a school through his “Build It And They Will Ball” Courts Renovation Initiative. He has also been coaching some of the country’s best ball players at the newly built NBA Academy India.
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This is Durant’s first time to India. Prior to the trip, he told ESPN,
“I’ve wanted to visit India for a long time, and I can’t wait to experience the country’s unique culture and share my knowledge with the kids there.”
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Along the way, Durant and 3,459 children from the Reliance Foundation Junior NBA program set a new Guinness World Record for partaking in the world’s largest basketball lesson.
One group of players was with Durant at the academy, while other boys and girls participated via satellite from Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad and Kolkata.
“Sharing my love of basketball with thousands of boys and girls across India was an unbelievable experience,” Durant said. “It was an honor to coach these amazing kids and to be a part of this special day.” (Associated Press)