Rockets’ James Harden to Donate $240K+ to Renovate Houston Basketball Courts

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Houston Rockets guard Houston and make it better. James Harden an-“Obviously the hurricane affected nounced he is donating this area greatly, and so this is one of more than $240,000 to the reasons why I wanted to bring rebuild outdoor basketball courts in some positive energy and some light the city that were damaged by Hur-on this community. It’s baby steps, ricane Harvey.but we’re going to get there. In a few

“Every day I wake up, I think years, we’re going to change this city about being legendary. Being the around and make it legendary.” best basketball player I can be on Harden has spent the last seven the court. But on the flip side of that, seasons in Houston, making seven I think, ‘How can I impact the world?’ All-Star appearances, earning six Ultimately, I want to be a legend off All-NBA selections and winning the the court as well, in the community,” 2018 NBA MVP. He’s finished in the

Harden told those gathered at Hous- citizens that are giving back to the top two of MVP voting each of the last ton’s Tuffly Park on Saturday. community, and they’re paying it three seasons, and his 36.1 points per

Harden previously donated $1 forward.” game in 2018-19 were the highest tomillion in the immediate aftermath Harden said he hoped renovating tal since Michael Jordan in 1986-87. of Harvey, which devastated Houston the basketball courts would get more Harden’s announcement came and its surrounding areas in 2017. kids outside and off their phones: as part of his JH-Town Weekend,

“We appreciate him, we love “Nowadays, everything is so so- which is a charity event to benefit him,” Mayor Sylvester Turner said. cial media-based, kids aren’t outside his 3 The Harden Way foundation.

“In our book, he’s always the MVP.”   playing anymore. They’re on their   He will host a celebrity softball game

He continued: “That’s the beauty phone or playing video games. No, Sunday that includes newly acquired of our city. When you see these [they] need to be active and have fun, point guard Russell Westbrook. athletes, don’t just look at them as and be kids. Courts is just the begin- (Culled The Chronicle of Philanathletes. Look at them as community ning. My ultimate goal is to change thropy)

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