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O.U.R. Mothers, Inc., an organization founded and headed by Dr. Wanda Durant, mother of star forward and future Hall of Famer Kevin Durant, seeks to utilize the momentum surrounding NBA All-Star to give back to the Indianapolis community. 

With the help of Foot Locker and Shoes That Fit, O.U.R. Mothers will donate 400 pairs of new shoes to students at Anna Brochhausen Elementary School No. 88 on the city’s eastside on Feb. 16

Wanda Durant, Mama Durant, The Real MVP, Kevin Durant's mother
Founder and president of O.U.R. Mothers Inc. Wanda Durant. (Photo/Tayo Kuku)

The school was chosen based on factors such as need and location. 

“We want them to know that someone believes in them,” Durant told the Indianapolis Recorder in an interview. “They need to know that we care.” 

Durant, who many know as “Mama Durant” and “The Real MVP,” founded the organization in 2020 alongside other mothers of basketball players, including Patricia ‘Patty’ Hibbert, mother of former Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert. 

O.U.R. Mothers is designed to enhance lives through educational support, mentorship programs and community outreach events.

“We started out of love for the community,” Durant said. “We all came from various backgrounds and wanted to empower. We found a way to work together.”

Wanda Durant Patricia Hibbert School 88 O.U.R. Mothers Inc. shoe giveaway during NBA All-Star Weekend
O.U.R. Mothers Inc., a nonprofit led by Dr. Wanda Durant (Left) and Patricia ‘Patty’ Hibbert (Right), giving away 400 pairs of shoes to the students at Anna Brochhausen School 88, located at 5801 E 16th Street in Indianapolis, Indiana during NBA All-Star Week, beginning February 15, 2024. (Photo/Walt Thomas)

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Durant noted that she has not been to Indy since before Kevin Durant was drafted into the NBA in 2007. Nevertheless, she said that she is excited to return to Indy.

Kevin Durant
Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant wipes away tears as he speaks during a news conference after the announcement that he had won the 2013-14 Kia NBA Basketball Most Value Player Award, in Oklahoma City. In an emotional tribute, he thanked his mother, Wanda, for her sacrifices as he and his brother grew up in Washington, D.C., noting that she was the ‘Real MVP.’ Durant’s mother, Wanda, is the subject of a Lifetime original movie called The Real MVP: The Wanda Durant Story, which will premiere on May 7. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Following the donation event, Foot Locker inside Circle Center Mall, located at 49 W. Maryland St., will welcome the organization for a panel discussion and family-friendly activities during NBA All-Star Weekend. 

On Feb. 17, the organization will shift its focus to self-care with the Women’s Wellness Brunch. Happening at JW Marriott, located at 10 S. West St., the Wellness Brunch brings mothers of professional basketball players and women in the Indianapolis community together for an afternoon of networking, resource sharing and promoting holistic wellness. 

“We are empowering minds to change lives,” Durant said.


Contact senior sports writer Noral Parham III at 317-762-7846 or via email at noralp@indyrecorder.com. Follow him on Twitter @3Noral. For more NBA All-Star 2024 news courtesy of the Indianapolis Recorder, click here.

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