James Harden is doing his part to help Houston residents affected by Hurricane Harvey. During a visit to the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston where thousands of people are being sheltered, the Houston Rockets point guard pledged to donate $1 million dollars to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.
“This is home for me,” Harden said in a video captured by NBC affiliate KPRC2 reporter Adam Wexler.
“I just want to donate and give back to the community as much as I can. I’m going to donate a million dollars to the city, to the areas that need it and to people that need it to make this city stronger.”
Texas and Louisiana are rebuilding after the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, a Category 4 storm that made landfall on Aug. 25. Flood waters caused by the hurricane destroyed thousands of homes, and at least 60 people have died.
Over the summer, the Houston Rockets signed Harden to a four-year contract extension for about $160 million, giving him a total six-year deal with $228 million guaranteed through the 2022-2023 season. This is reportedly the most lucrative contract extension in NB A history.
Other celebrities and athletes including Kevin Hart, J.J. Watt and H-Town native Beyoncé have made contributions toward relief efforts.