NBA superstar Harden donates $100,000 to TXSO
Courtesy: Elizabeth Conley
HOUSTON, Texas — Houston Rockets all-pro guard James Harden recently donated $100,000 to Texas Southern University in support of student scholarships.
FOX 26 in Houston broke the story on the major gift, coming just one month after the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) and the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) launched an inaugural skills combine for HBCU players from the two historically black conferences at the National Basketball Players Association Top 50 basketball camp at Clark Atlanta/Morehouse College in Atlanta, Ga.
Harden was also giving away scholarships at his inaugural JH-Town weekend at the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Houston when 150 kids received backpacks filled with school supplies after his charity basketball camp at Rice University this past Saturday and Sunday.
“I’ve been in Houston for five years,” said Harden at the Boys and Girls Club.
“Now is an opportunity to be a foot step on it—not just on the basketball court. I still have a long way to go. I’ve always been about the community. I’ve always been about people spreading love and joy. This is an opportunity not only for one day, but for the entire weekend to kind of touch the city and make sure that they feel me and make sure that I feel them a little bit. We are giving away 13 scholarships to kids in high schools to get them through college and not have to worry about anything so they can make their family better.”
Harden added to the efforts when he made the donation to Texas Southern.
“For us, it’s amazing—given the population of students that we serve that come from—what I consider to be—some of the lowest social-economic backgrounds in the city if not the state or the country,” said Texas Southern University President Dr. Austin Lane.
“To have that kind of opportunity from somebody like James Harden, who can help further the educational careers of those students and help their dreams come true is just phenomenal. The idea is that it helps bridge that gap for students who, otherwise, couldn’t afford to go to school. Just to have somebody like him reach out and have it very directed to that population of students is just a match made in heaven for our kids. And, I love that the focus is not on basketball. It’s on education so he’s using his basketball talents to help further the education of other students here.”
Story attributed from HBCUDigest.com and Fox 26 Houston.