If you haven’t heard it already, you should really check out the story of 13-year-old Anthony Cupp, and how he got to meet his favorite pro athlete, Kevin Durant.
Cupp lives in Warren, Michigan, a suburb north of Detroit. Times have been hard on the Cupp family, lately. Anthony’s mother, Janiesa, recently had surgery to remove a tumor and is still undergoing therapy, which puts a strain on the family’s finances. Anthony took a side job mowing lawns in his neighborhood so he could buy Durant’s signature KD7 basketball shoes.
When Anthony was walking home from school one day just before Thanksgiving, he was jumped by an older kid, who stole his shoes.
According to Janiesa Cupp, this was the first time Anthony walked home from school. She is usually able to give him a ride home, but their car had broken down.
The story ended up getting picked up by the local news station and spread throughout Michigan. The Pistons reached out to Durant and the Thunder who would be coming to town for a game not long after. The Pistons then called the Cupps and invited them to the Thunder game and asked Anthony to be the honorary ball-boy.
Before the game, Anthony got to meet and spend some time with his hero, Durant, and came away with some awesome keepsakes. Durant gave Anthony two pairs of KD7s, – one in Anthony’s size and one in Durant’s size, with Durant’s signature on them. Anthony also got a KD branded backpack and jacket.
If this wasn’t reason enough to admire Durant, just read what he said in a NewsOK story:
“We got such a big platform, man, and kids look up to us. To set a good example, we just have to show them that we’re human, too. They look at us as superheroes sometimes. So just to sit and talk to them, ask them how their day went, ask them where they’re from, make them feel like they are where they belong. We may seem untouchable, but we aren’t. That’s the biggest thing I wanted to show him. I’m a human just like you. I go through things just like you. Even though I play in the NBA, I’m here for you.”