As the devastating weather from Hurricane Harvey begins to finally let up, the charitable donations from countless people and groups have yet to slow down. From a sports perspective, numerous professional and college teams have donated things from millions of dollars to shoes and apparel to help the cause. UNC's own Justin Jackson has announced both he and Sacramento teammate De'Aaron Fox will play in an NBA charity game to raise money for the Houston community.
Jackson grew up in Tomball, Texas, just 30 miles from Houston, and an area that has felt the full wrath of Harvey. When speaking about the damage Jackson said,
“To see highways that I know both us (Jackson and Fox) drove a ton of times, and to see those underwater and to see houses and streets that we’ve been around growing up all the time, to see those underwater; it was pretty unbelievable."
The last major hurricane to hit the US (Katrina) had an All-Star charity game as well (held in Houston). Every player for the game that former Tar Heel Kenny Smith put together in 2005 donated $10,000 and collected $1 million, and the "All-Star" moniker certainly lived up to expectations. LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Amare Stoudemire, Kevin Garnett, and Dwyane Wade headlined the rosters that put on a show for the Katrina victims.
Hopefully the Hurricane Harvey NBA charity game brings a similar grouping of NBA stars, and raises as much money as possible to help the victims in Houston.