TEXAS LONGHORN ALUMNI AND NBA STAR “KEVIN DURANT” WAS IN AUSTIN TODAY “PAYING IT FORWARD”. DURANT VISITED THE IDEA CHARTER SCHOOL ON RUNDBERG AS PART OF HIS CHARITY WORK FOR THE “BUILD IT AND THEY WILL BALL” COURT RENOVATION PROGRAM. “CLAPPING/CHEERING” THE CHARITY BUILDS OR REBUILDS BASKETBALL COURTS- TO GIVE CHILDREN A PLACE TO PLAY. DURANT TOURED THE SITE TODAY. HE ALSO SHARED HIS OWN EXPERIENCES OF GROWING UP- TO HELP INSPIRE THEM.KEVIN DURANT/NBA STAR SPEARHEADS BASKETBALL COURT PROJECT HOPEFULLY IT SPARKS SOMETHING IN THEIR MINDS TO KEEP ACHIEVING THEIR DREAMS. SOMETHING SMALL CAN IGNITE SOMETHING BIG. AND THAT’S BEEN MY MOTTO FOR A LONG TIME. JUST TRYING TO DO MY PART.” CHRISTIAN CHAMBERS/IDEA STUDENT “HE’S JUST A GREAT PERSON. HE CARES FOR KIDS.”“I’M JUST REALLY HAPPY I GOT TO PLAY BASKETBALL WITH AN NBA BASKETBALL PLAYER, WHO PLAYS FOR MY FAVORITE TEAM!” THAT LUCKY STUDENT WAS THE LAST ONE PLAYING AGAINST DURANT IN A GAME OF “KNOCKOUT”. HE DID PRETTY WELL- UNTIL DURANT DECIDED TO END THE GAME WITH A SLAM DUNK. THE OUTDOOR COURT PROJECT SHOULD BE COMPLETE BY THE END OF THE MONTH.THIS MONTH MARKS THE END OF A MASSIVE REVITALIZATION EFFORT FOR THE RUNDBERG AREA OF NORTH AUSTIN WHICH HAS HAD ITS SHARE OF CRIME IN THE PAST.NOW THE QUESTION IS – WHAT WILL THE FUTURE LOOK LIKE AFTER “RESTORE RUNDBERG?”WHEN THE STUDY BEGAN- THE AREA ACCOUNTED FOR 12 PERCENT OF CRIME IN AUSTIN. THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS IS WORKING ON A NEW REPORT – BUT THEY GAVE US THEIR LATEST NUMBERS FROM APRIL.SINCE THE START OF STUDY “VIOLENT CRIME” DROPPED BY MORE THAN ONE AND A HALF PERCENT.THERE WAS ALSO NEARLY HALF A PERCENTAGE POINT DROP IN “PROPERTY CRIME”.THIS WAS THANKS TO A THREE YEAR MILLION DOLLAR GRANT FROM THE FEDERAL