The Houston Rockets selected Royce White with the 16th overall pick in 2012 NBA Draft. After not playing a single game in his rookie season because of not practicing and being sent to the D-League, White was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers this summer.
Even with him no longer being on the Rockets, White is still doing his part to help Houston. On Wednesday, the Houston Chronicle reported that White has partnered with Bee Busy Wellness Center to open the Royce White Institution for Mental Health.
From the report:
On Wednesday morning, White announced a partnership with his non-profit organization Anxious Mind’s Inc. and Bee Busy Wellness Center to create the Royce White Institute of Mental Health on the city’s southwest side.
The Wellness Center, which is a 17,000-square foot facility that will also have dental and primary care, is located at 6640 W. Bellfort and will open in January 2014.
“When I met Royce White a couple of years ago, I knew we would do something special like this,” Bee Busy CEO Normal Mitchell said. “I think it will be a great thing for this community.”
White, who has been open about his own struggles with an anxiety disorder, said that he thinks every city should have a center where free mental healthcare is offered. He started the Anxious Mind’s Inc. group while in college at Iowa State, and this is the organization’s first partnership. He said he hopes to see it grow.
There’s no telling how White’s career in the NBA will play out, but good on him for giving back and trying to provide help, even if he has created a headache or two along the way.
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