This week while he was back in his old stomping grounds of Prince George's County, Maryland, Golden State Warriors forward ​Kevin Durant was present for the opening of "The Durant Center," the home base for a foundation that helps underprivileged kids with educational and athletic opportunities.

The two-time Finals MVP is receiving a lot of well-deserved praise for his charitable work, and it was none other than Hall of Famer and 11-time champ​ Bill Russell, who took to Twitter to send his congratulations to KD.

Durant experienced tough times as a youth, and this is a way for him to give back to his community and help the next generation reach and achieve their goals and aspirations, whatever that might be.

There are already 69 students who have been accepted to the after-school program. The emphasis is to help kids from low-income families get to college.

Durant is just one of several NBA stars who are making a difference in the communities they grew up in. It was just last summer that​ LeBron James opened his I Promise School in Akron, Ohio. And to get a warm endorsement from the man the Finals MVP Trophy is named after is quite the pat on the back.