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Kevin Durant's New Facility Aims To Equip Kids With Resources For College

The Durant Center has already accepted 69 students.

It's been nearly a year since Kevin Durant stepped foot in his old Prince George's County neighborhood of Suitland, and according to The Washington Post, the two-time NBA champion didn't return empty-handed. The Golden State Warrior opened a new facility in his hometown that seeks to help low-income students reach and eventually graduate from college.

After attending summits and building connections with representatives at College Track (an organization that helps young students matriculate through their academic career up to college), Durant was inspired to fund a similar program for the kids of his neighborhood. The bond effortlessly grew into a partnership that has now established College Track's first physical location on the East Coast, the Post reveals. Durant, 30, learned of its existence after visiting one of the program's facilities in Oakland, California.

The initiative, which boasts a 10-year rubric, will assist students through tutoring, team activities, and equip them with skills that are needed in everyday life. So far, 69 students have been accepted into the educational outlet.

"The full circle stuff you dream about," Durant said. "So many people that meant so much to me at that time, and to see my name on the building...Hopefully, that inspires kids in the area." The former University of Texas student allocated $10 million to support the strategy's success. Two more facilities are rumored to open up in Washington D.C. in the coming years also.

The news arrives months after Durant's opponent on the court, LeBron James opened a school for at-risk youth in his hometown of Akron, Ohio. I Promise School's curriculum also aims to place students on the right and affordable track to college.

"This skinny kid from Akron who missed 83 days of school in the 4th grade had big dreams for the kids in Akron to give them everything they could need to find their passion, give back to our community and change the world!!" James said. "This school is that. The people are that. Akron is that."

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Vanessa Bryant, 37, took to Instagram last week to reveal the couple's daughter was born healthy and happy on Thursday, June 20. "Our baby girl is here, so Thankful for our newest baby blessing," Vanessa captioned.

The little one, Capri Kobe Bryant, is the fourth girl of the Bryant bunch and the only to have her NBA daddy's name as her middle name. Vanessa also noted little Capri's nickname will be Koko.

Kobe also expressed his delight over the new bundle of joy.

"We are beyond excited that our baby girl ‘Koko’ has arrived!! #bryantbunch #4princesses #blessed,” the 40-year-old captioned on Instagram.

The Bryant's who've been married for 18 years, announced in January they were expecting their fourth daughter.

Yet even with four girls, the NFL legend and Academy Award winner said the couple may try one more time for a boy.

“I think [Vanessa] wants a boy more than I do. I love having girls — I’m super, super excited about that," Bryant told Extra in March. "She is as well. She wanted a boy so he can be mama’s boy forever — that sort of thing. We’ll see if I can deliver, I don’t know.”

Congrats to the family.

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Shaquille O'Neal Expresses Interest In Buying Reebok

Shaquille O'Neal is a man of many investments, and he plans to build upon his business resume by entertaining interest in buying Reebok. According to "CNBC Make It," the retired NBA player shared his desire, coming full circle since his 1992 lucrative partnership when he was first in the league.

"Well, [Authentic Brands Group, one of the companies] I'm involved in, we just bought Sports Illustrated but I would love to purchase Reebok," he said. O'Neal mentioned after Adidas purchased the company in 2005, he believes the mega-sportswear outlet "diluted" Reebok to the point where it felt nonexistent. "I want to bring them back to basketball and to fitness," he added. Over 20 years ago, O'Neal and Reebok debuted the Shaq Attaq sneaker, which featured O'Neal's "Dunkman" logo that has been etched on his apparel. The partnership also spawned the Shaqnosis kicks.

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"I'm going to invest in things that are going to change people's lives," he previously said, noting that his "style" of investing is "very simple."

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Dwyane Wade Responds To Criticism Of Supporting His Son At Miami Pride

Dwyane Wade had a brilliant response to the criticism he received for supporting his youngest son at the Miami Pride parade earlier this year.

As you may remember, Wade's 12-year-old son was pictured with his stepmom, Gabrielle Union, at the Miami Beach Pride parade in Apr. 2019. Although Wade was busy with his NBA season, he showed love and support to his child on social media, triggering a slew of nasty and insensitive remarks.

Despite the negative feedback, Wade feels as though he did the right thing and spoke candidly about his family and how he views parenthood.

"I don’t really talk about it much because it’s Zion’s story to tell," Wade told Variety in a new interview published Tuesday (June 18). "I think as a family, we should support each other. That’s our job. And my job as a father is to facilitate their lives and to support them and be behind them in whatever they want to do."

He also encouraged other parents to embrace who their kids are. "They are all different, and I have to get to know them and where they are. I have to say to most parents, get to know your kids," he added. "Don’t put your wants and needs on them."

He continued: "I’m very uneasy about accolades that come from supporting my kids or the negativity that comes from it. I’m doing what every parent has to do. Once you bring kids into this world, you become unselfish. It’s my job to be their role model, to be their voice in my kids’ lives, to let them know you can conquer the world. So, go and be your amazing self and we’re going to sit back and just love you."

Watch Dwyane Wade's full thoughts in the video below.

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— Variety (@Variety) June 18, 2019

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