The basketball court at Powell Barnett Park has undergone a full renovation thanks to a joint effort between Sparkling Ice®—part of the Talking Rain® Beverage Company portfolio—Seattle Parks and Recreation, and Kevin Durant’s Charity Foundation (KDCF). Sparkling Ice® is proud to support its continued partnership with NBA MVP Kevin Durant by unveiling a basketball court renovation in Sparkling Ice’s hometown of Seattle, WA on Friday, September 23, 1026 at Powell Barnett Park.
At the unveiling, Durant and Sparkling Ice representatives including Kevin Klock, President and CEO of Sparkling Ice, were joined by children from the Boys and Girls Club Garfield, and surrounding communities. This renovation was part of KDCF “Build it and They Will Ball” courts renovation initiative designed to increase the number of high-quality basketball courts accessible to underprivileged youth across the United States and around the globe.
These efforts further extend the KDCF’s reach to new communities in need of improved education, as well as athletic and social programs. As the KDCF continues to expand its social footprint globally, Durant ensures that he connects with each community to personally reinforce the on-the-ground efforts.
“I am proud of the work we accomplished for the ‘Build it and They Will Ball’ program this past year,” said Durant. “I have always been thankful for the role basketball played in my life as I was growing up and I understand that access to high-quality courts is important for the next generation to learn, play, and have fun. I have seen the success of these courts first-hand. Now, with the help of Sparkling Ice, I am thrilled to bring the same opportunities to the Seattle community that is so near to my heart.”
“Since we first started collaborating with Kevin Durant in 2014, we have looked forward to the day we would work together to unveil the renovated basketball court for our local community,” said Kevin Klock, President and CEO of Talking Rain Beverage Co. “Durant started his professional career right here in Seattle. We are proud to support his foundation in giving back to our community that has given us so much.”
Other locations benefitting from the “Build it and They Will Ball” courts renovation initiative include Oklahoma City, Austin, as well as Guangzhou, China, and Berlin, Germany. Other locations in the queue for the near future including New York, Washington, D.C. and the Bay Area.
ABOUT THE KEVIN DURANT CHARITY FOUNDATION
The Kevin Durant Charity Foundation (KDCF) is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization founded by Kevin Durant. The foundation’s mission is to enrich the lives of at-risk youth from low-income backgrounds through education, athletic and social programs. The KDCF’s signature initiative, the BUILD IT AND THEY WILL BALL Courts Renovation works to build or fully renovate basketball courts in underserved communities across the United States and internationally in addition to ensuring the courts are utilized for youth athletic programming.
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