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Remember: It’s always bigger than basketball.

Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors are currently taking on the Cleveland Cavaliers in the finals, but Durant also has other priorities: helping out kids in the Bay Area.

Since Durant moved to San Francisco to join the Warriors, he’s taken an active role in mentoring kids at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Peninsula in Menlo Park, Calif. He’s heard the stories of kids who struggled in their adolescence and remembers feeling the same exact way while growing up in D.C., visiting nicer neighborhoods in the area and just wanting to be able to take care of his mother. Four kids’ stories, in particular, touched him at a recent event where students revealed how they hope to better their futures. Durant wanted to help, so he offered to pay for their first year of college.

The 29-year-old All-Star doesn’t talk much about his philanthropic efforts, but his teammate Quinn Cook, who also grew up in the Washington, D.C. area, recognized how much his help is worth.

“It means a lot to the community. It’s not just the amount of money that he donated. It’s the constant support that he gives to the kids. He’s always back, showing his face. He’s like a superhero—on and off the court— to the kids back home,” Cook says.

According to the San Francisco Examiner, Durant has committed more than $13 million to the community and has donated upwards of 1,600 tickets to Warrior games to kids.

Durant is having a monstrous effect on the court, too, as he’s provided plenty of buckets for the Bay throughout the finals and even ISO’d his team to some victories.