Wednesday, September 4th, 2013 at 11:46 am  |  16 responses

James Harden, Kendrick Lamar Visit High School in Alaska (PHOTOS)

Harden celebrates with the winners of the 2013 Future Forward Challenge.

Last week, James Harden and rapper Kendrick Lamar traveled to rural Alaska to celebrate with Bethel (AK) High for winning the Future Forward Challenge—a competition to improve high school graduation rates and college ready rates. Up against 325 high schools in 14 states, Bethel earned the chance to have Harden and Lamar as celebrity principals for a day.

For more on Taco Bell for Teens and Get Schooled’s Future Forward Challenge, click here. Photos courtesy of Get Schooled.

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  • Dfrance

    Kendrick looks like he should be in the crowd with the children. Why are celebrities so small?

  • Stepfan Raiford

    They know Kendrick in Alaska!!!!!?

  • Enigmatic

    Most people won’t care too much about this, but having lived in Alaska for 3 years I can tell you how huge a deal it is for Bethel, of all places, to get celebrities to go to their high school.

    Bethel is the same town that had its 15 minutes of fame last year for having Taco Bell send out helicopters with thousands of tacos to them, cause they’ve never had a Taco Bell. It’s way out in the middle of nowhere, only accessible by air or boat/ship. Sadly, alcohol and drug abuse runs rampant there and most kids lack positive role models and aren’t expected to grow up to be anything more than another local drunk.

    So this is huge for them. Huge props for everyone that made this possible.

  • anon

    This is way better than when Pitbull went up there.

  • Rockwell

    Harden’s beard will keep him warm in the Arctic.

  • LakeShow

    Sounds like an episode of Alaska State Troopers on Nat Geo, you just described.

  • daBiz

    He’s *Kendrick Lamar* (Kendrick Voice)

  • Enigmatic

    Well, I know they’ve filmed episodes in Bethel before so I’m not surprised. They’ve also filmed that show in Palmer, where I used to live. Good times.

  • bike

    Harden is considering doing a reality show up there called Ice Men Ballers.

  • Shibby917

    Having lived in Bethel for 3 years, and in the Y-K Delta for 6, I can second this…lots of friends and former BRHS students of mine were beyond pumped about this!

  • Ugh

    They trade talent for inches.

    I bet that news makes you respect the amazing amount of work Manute Bol, Shwan Bradley and Gheorge Muresan put in to being able to dress themselves in the morning.

  • LakeShow

    Where a thick beard is 100% necessary to survive the harsh sub zero climate.

  • http://slamonline.com/ Ben Osborne

    Shout out to my man with the pic from SLAM’s DomeShots in a sleeve ready to get it autographed by JH.

  • Enigmatic

    Haha, I was just saying on Twitter earlier I felt bad for Kodiak, Alaska. They got Pitbull, Bethel got Kendrick Lamar.

  • Chukaz

    Of course they know him dude. He’s the king of NY.

  • http://h2hoops.wordpress.com/ Habeeba Husain

    Happy times! :)