Keyontae Johnson helping hearts with new non-profit

It’s safe to say Oklahoma City’s Keyontae Johnson has been through the ringer prior to getting drafted by the Oklahoma City Thunder 50th overall.

Hopefully now you know the base of his story. In December 2020, he collapsed on the court while playing for the Florida Gators. He was later diagnosed with a heart condition called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

He had the option to retire. He didn’t do so. He could have collected a hefty check from insurance claims. He didn’t so he could retain his amateur status.

Now, he’s on a two-way deal with the Thunder and recently announced the commencement of his nonprofit “The Key to My Heart,” which is focused on saving the lives of those that are dealing with the same thing he dealt with back in 2020.

An Automated External Defribrillator (AED) was the first donation made by his nonprofit to Oak Hill Academy — his high school. This is something the nonprofit will do moving forward, in order to help prevent cardiac related scares.

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