Kevin Durant raised $110,000 for the All-In Challenge last Thursday by putting his 2007 NCAA Player of the Year award up for auction. The All-In Challenge offers memorabilia and experiences with sports figures to raise money for the hungry in the U.S.
And the winner didn’t just get the trophy. They got a Nets game night experience as well to include courtside seats, sideline and locker room access, capped off with a dinner hosted by KD at one of his favorite restaurants. Minimum bid was $25,000. A total of 25 bids were made, ending with the winning $110,000.
Here’s how Fanatics who runs the auctions described the evening.
No fluff needed here. No puff pieces either. Pretty-sounding words and elegant turns of phrase, away with you. We don’t have to sell you on this, because you already know you want it. Doesn’t take flowery language to say how big of a deal it is that a legend such as Kevin Durant is going ALL IN and offering up his 2006-2007 Associated Press College Basketball Player of the Year trophy for auction to benefit the #AllinChallenge.
Not only that, KD himself will also take you and a guest (in his own car!) to Barclays Center in Brooklyn for a Nets home game, where you will sit courtside for the shootaround and the entire game before heading to the locker room for the postgame festivities. Seems like that should be enough, but since basketball makes a man hungry, KD will then take you out to dinner at one of his favorite local restaurants. We’ll even throw in airfare, transportation to and from the airport and a two-night hotel stay.
Durant has long been active in helping the hungry and particularly the homeless hungry. Since 2015, the Kevin Durant Charity Foundation has distributed over $450,000 in grants to organizations addressing youth homelessness. And every December, he throws a holiday party in New York for homeless children. There are more than 100,000 homeless school age children in the city.
Since the shutdown, Nets players and owners have been involved in different charities to help the underprivileged deal with the pandemic whether they’re on an Indian reservation in North Dakota or in the epicenter of the fight in a small country 4,000 miles away.