HOUSTON – Houston Rockets guard James Harden announced his 3 The Harden Way Inc. foundation will present the inaugural JH-Town Weekend from Aug. 18-20, 2017. The event features a charity basketball tournament comprised of NBA and international professional players, celebrity coaches, and special guest appearances.
The JH-Town Weekend will commence on Friday, Aug. 18 with a backpack and school supply giveaway for hundreds of students from the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Houston. More details, including media availability with Harden at the event, will be available at a future date.
The tournament, which will be held at Rice University’s Tudor Fieldhouse, will be a four-team format beginning on Saturday, Aug. 19 with the championship game on Sunday, Aug. 20. All proceeds from the tournament will go towards funding 3 The Harden Way’s scholarship programs.
Established to provide higher learning opportunities for future leaders of our nation, 3 The Harden Way Inc. is dedicated to bridging economic and educational gaps in the Houston metropolitan area by providing academic financial support to high achieving students demonstrating leadership within communities facing economic hardship.
Harden and his 3 The Harden Way Inc. foundation have established the following programs:
Monja Willis Scholarship:
The Monja Willis Scholarship, in honor of Harden’s mother, is dedicated to covering educational expenses for first generation college students from single mother households facing economic adversity as well as single mothers attending college. Recipients will have demonstrated tenacity in overcoming obstacles while continuously striving for excellence.
Lucky 13 Experience:
The Lucky 13 Experience is an internship program designed to assist high school students from neighborhoods facing economic barriers in the Houston metropolitan area who are on track towards becoming first generation college students. High school juniors and seniors who are active in their community and have an interest in postsecondary education will be provided a one-year internship granting them an invaluable experience in preparation for college.
James Harden Scholarship:
The James Harden Scholarship, in partnership with Rice University, is dedicated to students from the Houston metropolitan area who have already received acceptance to the university. It will cover school related expenses over a four-year span for students from communities facing economic hardship. Qualified recipients will exhibit academic achievement, community leadership, and determination to make the world a better place.