HOUSTON (FOX 26) - Houston Rockets guard James Harden is donating $100,000 to Texas Southern University and the funds will be designated toward scholarships for students in financial need.
"For us, that's amazing, given the population of students that we serve come from what I consider to be one of the lowest socioeconomic backgrounds in the city, if not, the state or the country," said TSU president Dr. Austin Lane. "To have that kind of an opportunity from someone like James Harden, who can help further the educational careers of those students and help their dreams come true, is just phenomenal to be able to have that kind of support from a local icon like him."
"The idea is that it helps bridge that gap for students who otherwise couldn't afford to go to school," adds Lane. "Just to have someone like him reach out and have it directed to that population of students, it's just a match made in heaven for our kids. I love that the focus is not on basketball, it's on education. He's using his basketball talent to help further the education of our students. It's got an education-leadership component to it."