This is Why Kevin Durant’s Mother Is a Real MVP

Kevin Durant, Wanda Pratt

This is Why Kevin Durant’s Mother Is a Real MVP

Wanda Pratt talks raising the NBA superstar and mentoring young women.

Published May 8, 2014

Kevin Durant had a stellar, award-winning NBA regular season, but his mother Wanda Pratt is the real MVP of the family.

The Oklahoma City Thunder forward was named league MVP earlier this week and he gave the greatest MVP acceptance speech ever. At the ceremony, Durant praised his mother and gave the world insight into just how much she has inspired him. Although it wasn't easy raising four children on her own, Pratt made a commitment early on to make them her "main priority."  

"My goal as a single parent was to not have that be a stigma for them," Pratt, aka Mama Durant, tells "I really didn't think about myself. I knew I wanted to go back to school, but I knew that wasn't an opportunity when they were really young."

Pratt worked with the federal government for over 20 years and sacrificed her personal and professional goals in order to devote time to her children. The road, however, wasn't bump free. One obstacle she says was "when I realized I would have to do it by myself," but she pulled through. "I had to make the sacrifice with my personal life for my dreams and desires so I could focus on them."

These days, Pratt works as an inspirational speaker helping women tap into their potential. Ironically, working with others helped Pratt find her own passion. "The passion that I have for young women — and just for women — it motivates me to become a better me," she explains. "Helping women to see that no matter what we've gone through in life, it's not over, and when it's not over, there's still greater things to come from us."

"It's never too late for us to do more," she adds. "To do better, and to become better."

Check out the clip below for more from this MVP mom.

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Written by Latifah Muhammad


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