HOUSTON – James Harden has been an MVP on the courtroom for the Rockets for the previous eight years. However he additionally has scored large off the courtroom — within the Houston neighborhood.
Harden has been an avid and devoted supporter of various neighborhood organizations and non-profits just like the Boys and Ladies Membership of Better Houston. For the final a number of years, he has hosted the J-H City weekend the place he gave away backpacks and faculty provides to youngsters whose households couldn’t afford them.
“He’s real and genuine and that’s what he displayed with the children,” mentioned Kevin Hattery, president and CEO of the native Boys Membership.
Hattery mentioned Harden’s standing as a Boys Membership alum helped set up the connection.
“His expertise is basically only a continuum. From when he was a baby to the place he’s right now in being a incredible aspiration for a lot of children right now,” Hattery mentioned.
Harden’s present teammate and childhood pal Russell Westbrook — additionally seeking to depart the Rockets — has additionally been recognized for his dedication to charity within the one season he’s been in Houston. The leaders of these organizations mentioned the assist of huge identify athletes and personalities like Westbrook and Harden goes a great distance towards assembly their targets.
“That form of influence is big in our capability to not simply to leverage what they do,” Hattery mentioned. “However then the entire different people who then pay some extra consideration to us and are available assist us.”
If Harden and Westbrook do depart Houston for different groups, the Boys and Ladies Membership believes they may maintain their ties with the group right here and of their new cities.
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