James Harden pledges $1 million to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts in Houston

James Harden pledges $1 million to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts in Houston”

Count Hakeem Olajuwon among the growing list of National Basketball Association personalities to donate a substantial amount to the Hurricane Harvey relief effort.

Harden's called the city of Houston home since 2012 when the Oklahoma City Thunder traded him there in a deal that returned Jeremy Lamb, Kevin Martin and three draft picks.

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

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I'm doing my part by donating to various organizations to help with Harvey relief. I just want to donate and give back to the community as much as I can. Watt initially sought to raise $200,000 but has since cleared more than $15 million through online efforts. As of Saturday afternoon, the Houston Texans defensive end has raised almost $17 million from more than 160,000 different donors.

The Rockets have been selling "Houston Strong" shirts this week with proceeds also going directly and in full to the mayor's relief fund.

Harden announced the news alongside Houston mayor Sylvester Turner during a visit to the George R. Brown Convention Center.

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