Daily Sports Smile: Houston Rockets forward Jae'Sean Tate creates coffee and food service scholarship for minorities

Houston Rockets' Jae'Sean Tate, right, drives against San Antonio Spurs' Lonnie Walker IV during the first half of a preseason NBA basketball game, Friday, Oct. 15, 2021, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)
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Houston Rockets forward Jae’Sean Tate is working to create more educational resources. This month, Tate announced a new scholarship for minority students in the coffee and service industry. The students will be able to apply for an $8,000 scholarship to help balance work and education.

Tate partnered with Bold.org to create his initiative. The scholarship is officially titled the Jae’Sean Tate BUILT Scholarship. Students can apply for the scholarship as winners will be announced next May.

“I’ve always enjoyed a good cup of coffee and last year the coffee and food service industry supported me in accomplishing one of my biggest goals of making first-team All-Rookie,” Tate said in a video posted by Bold.org. “Now it’s my turn to give back to the community. I’ve created a scholarship with Bold.org to support minority students that are balancing work and education.

“This scholarship is open to incoming freshman, current students and folks trying to pay off student debt.”

Tate also has a special coffee blend with Greenway Coffee. The Houston-based company put together the blend to celebrate Tate earning NBA All-Rookie honors last season.

This season, Tate is averaging 11.6 points, 6.8 rebounds and two assists for the Rockets. He’s made 11 starts and is a fixture in the Rockets’ rebuild.