Earlier in the summer, James Harden was given 228 million reasons why he should love the Rockets and city of Houston. On Saturday, the Rockets superstar announced he was donating one of those reasons to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.
“This is home for me,” Said Harden. “I wanted to say thank you to J.J. Watt, what he’s doing for the city. Thank you to the mayor, for helping me. I just want to donate and give back to the community as much as I can, so I’m going to donate $1 million to the city and to areas that need it and to people that need it to make the city stronger.”
Houston Texans superstar J.J. Watt has raised over $17 million (three away from his goal of $20 million) via his online fundraiser to aid victims of Harvey and Rockets owner Les Alexander donated $10 million to a relief fund setup by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner. Other big donations to Harvey relief came from Leonardo DiCaprio ($1M), Sandra Bullock ($1M) and the Kardashian Family ($500k). The biggest donation so far came from tech billionaire and Houston native Michael Dell, who pledged $36 million.
Besides the donation, Harden also made a lot of Houstonians (like myself) happy with this tweet on Saturday.
Promise I won’t. #Rocket4Life
— James Harden (@JHarden13) September 2, 2017
Here’s a few other people deserving of a shout-out: Kings rookies and Houston natives De’Arron Fox and Justin Jackson are planning a charity relief game this month; Bun-B and music manager Scooter Braun are planning a benefit concert; and writer Shea Serrano, who made ‘Bun-B’s Rap Coloring And Activity Book’ and the upcoming ‘Basketball (And Other Things),’ has raised over $130,000 with the help of his #FOH (Fuck Outta Here) army.