James Harden delivers an assist to Haiti

At the heart of the NBA season, James Harden is reaching out to help off the court.

Through his Impact13 Foundation and with the help of generous sponsors, Harden’s initiative in Haiti includes a new basketball court and a large collection of essential supplies for daily living.

“Haiti is one of the poorest places in the world, so we wanted to see if we could make an impact and leave our mark on the people there,” Harden said. “We just tried to give as much as we could to these kids because they need it, they deserve it, and we can help that way.”

Among the thousands of items were backpacks, socks, shoes, water bottles and basketballs from adidas, deodorants, body washes and lotions from Art of Sport and personal care products from Gopuff.

A new basketball court featuring the work of local artist Olivier A. Ganthier was also built as part of a partnership between Harden and the Barbancourt Foundation.

Earlier this season, Harden made a surprise visit to the launch of the new Brooklyn Nets Basketball Academy presented by adidas, with the 130 young players in attendance all receiving t-shirts and tickets to a Nets game.

While the Nets were in Los Angeles in December, Harden visited his high school, Artesia, and announced several initiatives to support the school through his Impact13 Foundation, including renovations to weight rooms, locker rooms and an indoor basketball court; a $10,000 donation to support scholarships for deserving Artesia graduates; and his continued sponsorship of the school’s boys’ and girls’ basketball programs through adidas.

“That’s why I’m here. I feel like that’s my purpose. On the pitch things are going well and off the pitch I can do things when I want, like I want it most of the time,” Harden said. “To spread that love and let people who are struggling know there’s someone out there who’s got your back and is willing to help, I think it’s is very important to me.”

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