The Edmond Sun

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May 11, 2013

KD’s mom to share her story of faith, hope, love

EDMOND — Oklahoma City Thunder superstar Kevin Durant isn’t bashful about heaping praise on his mother for the many sacrifices she made as a single parent to help him achieve his goals.

Now Wanda Pratt is helping other single mothers help their children.

Pratt, mother of Anthony and Kevin Durant, married Anthony’s father and then at age 21 gave birth to Kevin. Shortly thereafter, she became a single mother.

“After the initial shock of becoming a single parent, I just had to live,” Pratt said.

Pratt made a pact with God to dedicate her heart to raising her children. She used organized sports with her sons to help instill biblical, emotional and social values she believed are critical to rearing children.

Sometimes getting young boys up at 7 a.m. was a bit of a challenge. At an early age, both Anthony and Kevin decided to follow Jesus; Kevin was recently baptized. Anthony decided to become a Christian after connecting with a sermon at church.

Pratt describes Anthony, her eldest son, as a focused and determined go-getter. He relished the role of being the father figure in the family and taking care of his mom and younger brother.

When Anthony had an opportunity to go to a military school in Kansas, Pratt initially didn’t want him to go; he was someone on whom she relied.

Anthony called military schools and had them tell his mother the benefits of enrolling.

“Finally I said ‘Yes,’” Pratt recalls.

Anthony went on to graduate third in his class.

Recently, during a local event for single mothers and their children sponsored by Edmond’s Arise Ministries, Anthony was in the audience while Pratt shared her story.  

Pratt’s talk included wisdom for single mothers. She urged moms to treasure this season with their children because someday they are going to be all grown up. Following that comment, Anthony came forward and hugged his mom.

She will be back in Oklahoma City this June to again share her story, her wisdom and advice with single mothers in Oklahoma at the 2013 Single Moms’ Survive ‘N’ Thrive Conference.

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