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Kevin Durant receives Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award

Kevin Durant may be viewed as a villain by some NBA fans due to his decision two offseasons ago to join the already loaded Golden State Warriors. But Durant’s longstanding commitment to community service and social activism has landed him this year’s Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award.

The announcement that Durant received the award occurred at Tuesday’s Sports Humanitarian of the Year Awards in Los Angeles. The award annually honors an athlete who “has created a positive impact on their community through sports.”

Durant has been widely lauded for his charitable acts going back to his days with the Oklahoma City Thunder, which are highlighted as follows, via ESPN:

In 2012, while with the Oklahoma City Thunder, he started the Kevin Durant Charity Foundation, which aims to “enrich the lives of at-risk youth from low-income backgrounds through educational, athletic and social programs.” Earlier this year, he committed $10 million to a local chapter of College Track, a program that helps disadvantaged students attend college, in the Maryland town in which he grew up.

Additionally, Durant donated $1 million to tornado victims in Oklahoma in 2013, and he has built basketball courts throughout the world for low-income youth.

Durant’s commitment to community service without question merits receiving the Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian of the Year. Perhaps such an esteemed recognition of his work off the court may allow his harshest critics see him in a more positive light.