James Harden was born in Los Angeles, California, to Monja Willis, whom he credits as the biggest influence in his life. He has three older siblings. Harden attended Artesia High School in Lakewood, California, where he led the team to a 33-2 record and a second consecutive state title as a senior. During that season, he averaged 18.8 points, 7.9 rebounds and 3.9 assists and was named a McDonald's All-American. He also earned second-team Parade All-American honors. Harden won a gold medal as a member of Team USA during the 2012 Olympics in London and FIBA World Championship as a captain of Team USA during the 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain. Harden founded 3TheHardenWay Inc. (https://www.3thehardenway.com/community), which "was established to provide higher learning opportunities for future leaders of our nation." The organization's mission is to bridge the "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 also donated $1 million to aid Hurricane Harvey relief efforts after areas of Houston were devastated by flooding. In July of 2019, he became a part owner of Houston's professional soccer teams -- the Houston Dynamo of MLS and the Houston Dash of NWSL. Learn more about Harden by following him on Twitter (@JHarden13) and on Instagram (@jharden13).