On Tuesday, the Oklahoma City Thunder’s all-star forward Kevin Durant was named NBA MVP for the 2013-2014 season. Durant received the award at a ceremony in Edmond, Oklahoma, and his moving acceptance speech – during which he praises God and pays tribute to his mother – is making headlines for all the right reasons.

After thanking God “for changing my life,” Durant thanked his mother for providing a stable and loving home for him and his brother even though “the odds were stacked against us.”

“You made us believe, you kept us off the street, you put clothes on our backs, food on the table,” Durant said. “You went to sleep hungry. You sacrificed for us. You’re the real MVP.”

Watch the entire speech below (the tribute to his mother starts at around the 5 minute mark):

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