It’s a big weekend coming up for James Harden. His Houston-area charity, 3thehardenway, is throwing its JH Town Weekend at Tudor Fieldhouse on the Rice University campus. The highlight of weekend is Harden’s celebrity basketball tournament.
The tourney features a cadre of big-name NBA stars, including fellow Rockets Chris Paul, Eric Gordon, P.J. Tucker, and Clint Capela, along with Harden himself. In addition, you’ll also see DeMar Derozan, Jimmy Butler, John Wall, Devin Booker, Markieff Morris, Marcus Morris, Dion Waiters, Emmanuel Mudiay, Gerald Green, John Simmons, Josh Smith, Kentavious Caldwell Pope and Tyler Ennis.
The Beard also has some celebrities sit courtside to pump up the crowd and provide atmosphere, and this year’s group includes Meek Mill, Travis Scott, Cassie, Karen Cival, Slim Thug and Kylie Jenner.
Tickets to the tournament cost anywhere from $15 up to $50, and the proceeds go to James Harden’s Lucky 13 scholarship and internship program.
The Lucky 13 internship “assists Houston Metropolitan Area high school students on track to being first generation college students. The program is dedicated to high school juniors and seniors with an interest in post-secondary education.
“The Lucky 13 Experience will provide participants, from neighborhoods facing economic hardship, with a one-year internship along with mentorship, allowing for invaluable capacity-building and adequate guidance in preparation for the college experience.”
As for the scholarships, 3theharden way offers two.
The first is the Monja Willis Scholarship, named after The Beard’s mom. It is “dedicated to high-achieving students from single mother households facing economic adversity. Recipients of the award have demonstrated tenacity in overcoming obstacles and continuously strive for excellence. The scholarship program is devoted to covering educational expenses for first generation college students from single mother households, and for single mothers attending college. “
There’s also a James Harden Scholarship, which is “dedicated to students from the Houston Metropolitan Area who have received acceptance to Rice University. The James Harden Scholarship covers school-related expenses over a span of four years for students from communities facing economic hardship.”
So if you can make it down to Rice this weekend, not only will you get to see a lot of big names, but your ticket fee also goes to a great cause.
The games start at 1:30pm on both Saturday and Sunday, and you can buy tickets on the charity website.