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“We needed it,” Thunder superstar helps Oklahoma City school by building basketball court

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OKLAHOMA CITY - Kevin Durant says he spent much of his childhood playing basketball on outdoor courts in Washington, D.C.

"Being outdoors molded me into the person I am," KD recalled. "I want everybody to feel the same way I feel."

Durant has come a long way, from the kid playing street ball, to a multi-millionaire in his early 20s.

"We didn't always have access to a gym," Durant said to a crowd of elementary students. "It was a basketball court on every corner for us as kids. That's where we all went."

Gifted with worldwide fame and tens of millions of dollars, Durant has pledged to spend some of that cash on building places for kids like him.

"I just wanted these kids to see how I was brought up and the values I learned from being outdoors," he said.

The Kevin Durant Charity Foundation's latest project is called "Build It And They Will Come."

The project furthers KD’s mission to “enrich the lives of youth from low-income backgrounds through various educational and athletic programs.”

The court at North Highland Elementary School in Oklahoma City is the first in North America. Durant unveiled an outdoor court in Berlin, Germany earlier this year.

"For him to select North Highland for the first court in the United States, it's wonderful. We needed it. My school needed it," said North Highland principal Anita Jones.

KD took the first shot on the new court, and even hoisted a student up to the basket to make the first dunk.

Durant told the crowd he hopes this court is the beginning of a legacy that will change a generation.