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Meet the 6 most charitable Houston professional athletes

Meet the 6 most charitable Houston professional athletes

Houston, J.J. Watt Charity Classic, May 2017, JJ Watt and young fans
J.J. Watt raised $30 million for Harvey relief. Photo by Michelle Watson/Catchlight Group

'Tis the season of giving and some star Houston sports figures are setting a great example. The athletes below don't just donate their money, but also their time and energy. 

J.J. Watt, Houston Texans

It should be no surprise that J.J. Watt tops this list. The Texans defensive end raised $30 million for Harvey relief, kicking off the fundraising campaign with a $100,000 personal donation. 

As well, Watt has raised more than $3,475,000 for after-school athletic programs and organizations via the Justin J. Watt Foundation, which he started while still a student at the University of Wisconsin. 

But that's not all. Earlier this year, Watt donated $10,000 apiece to a family who lost their dad in a car wreck and to a football player for The Woodlands High School who was injured during a game and was left in a coma. 

He also took time out of his schedule to visit  a young fan who was hospitalized after an accident. 

James Harden, Houston Rockets

Houston Rockets point/shooting guard James Harden has truly shown the spirit of giving this year. He not only donated $1 million to Harvey relief, but also served Thanksgiving meals for families impacted by Harvey.

Harden's foundation, 3 The Harden Way, works to bridge economic and educational gaps in the Houston area by providing academic financial support to high achieving students who are facing economic hardship.

What's more, part of the funds raised at his inaugural JH-Town weekend, including a celebrity charity basketball game, went to his foundation and to Boys and Girls Club of Greater Houston to provide 150 kids with backpacks and school supplies. 

The Beard further supported education by donating $100,000 to Texas Southern University to provide scholarships for students in financial need.

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