James Harden Donates $1 Million to Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts in Houston

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistSeptember 2, 2017

LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 26:  NBA player James Harden attends the BIG3 three on three basketball league championship game on August 26, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Sam Wasson/BIG3/Getty Images)
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Houston Rockets guard James Harden announced Saturday he plans to donate $1 million to Hurricane Harvey relief. 

"This is home for me," Harden told reporters, according to KPRC-TV's Adam Wexler. "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." 

As Harden mentioned, he's one of several high-profile Houston athletes who has made a significant financial commitment to Harvey relief. 

Watt, of course, is the most noteworthy. 

After initially pledging $100,000, Watt's fundraiser gained tremendous steam. As of Saturday afternoon, the Houston Texans defensive end has raised nearly $17 million from more than 160,000 different donors. 

Rockets owner Les Alexander has also made substantial contributions to relief funds. 

On Tuesday, Alexander increased his donation to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund, started by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, from $4 million to $10 million.