Star Athletes Come to the Aid of Tornado Victims

Published on 21-May-2013 by Stacey Mickles
Basketball - NBA / NBA Daily Update

OKC's Kevin Durant

Monday's devastating tornado that hit the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore brought out the humanitarian side of several athletes.

The list includes the Los Angeles Dodgers' Matt Kemp, who is from the area, and Kevin Durant ,who plays basketball for the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Kemp vowed to donate $1,000 for every home run he hits until the MLB All-Star break. Kemp was a teenager when a similar type of tornado hit Moore back in 1999.

“And this one hit a school,” Kemp said to MLB.com. “I know where the schools are. My mom lived in a house in Moore and we gave it to my aunt and uncle. They weren’t home today, but they said two blocks away there’s nothing left. I’ve never been through an earthquake, but I’ve seen what a tornado can do and you just can’t even believe it.”

Durant pledged $1million from his own foundation to support the victims. 

His tweet was to the point: "Praying for the victims of the Tornadoes in OKC these last few days..Everybody stay safe!"

The ironic thing is that Durant and his teammates could have been in OKC during this time and could have been in harm's way themselves.

Luckily for them, their Western Conference series against the Memphis Grizzlies is over.

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