It is all too often that we read negative stories about professional athletes in the news. Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon to hear stories of drug or alcohol use, performance enhancing drugs, or other less serious issues. Why, just last week, we heard about two well-known professional golfers bickering like two children fighting over a toy in a sandbox.
So it was quite refreshing this week to read about Kevin Durant. Durant plays for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the National Basketball Association (NBA). After the devastating tornadoes ripped through Moore, Oklahoma earlier this week, Durant donated $1 million to help the victims. But Durant didn’t stop there. One day after donating this money, Kevin Durant visited Moore to offer support and encouragement to the community. According to The Oklahoman, Durant “did anything and everything he could to bring a smile to as many faces as possible. He shook hands and gave hugs. He posed for pictures and signed autographs.” During his visit Durant discussed the connection between a team and its hometown, “We’re not just here to play basketball. We really are embedded in the community, invested in the community. And it’s good to see them smile. That’s the best part about it. It’s going to change here soon. We just got to stick together as a community.”
Then just today, Nike announced they will support the victims by donating footwear and apparel valued at $1 million and they are partnering with Durant to donate all profits from his signature shoe sold online for the next three weeks.
Kevin Durant gets it. His compassion reminds us how important it is for leaders to care. His commitment to his community reminds us how important it is for leaders to serve. His courage reminds us how important it is for leaders to set the example. Are you ready to lead like Kevin Durant?
Thanks for reading,