CaribWorldNews, ORLANDO, FL, Thurs. April 15, 2010: Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic basketball team is among the top celebrities pitching in his time and resources to help Haitian kids.
Howard Tuesday night announced the launch of the Dwight Howard Fund to help Haitian kids affected by the earthquake of January 12th. He made the announcement at the Adonal Foyle`s Gala Dinner as Adonal`s Kerosene Lamp Foundation is going to help manage the foundation.
`Adonal has been a real mentor to me, and I wanted to use his experience to make sure our fund really makes a difference the way his does,` wrote Howard on his blog.
So far the athlete has made an initial donation of $100,000 to help the at-risk Haitian children affected by the quake and he insists: `That`s just the start of what I want to try and do for that country because they really need our help.`
He urged all Magic fans and his own fans to help him make a difference by raising another $100,000.
`For everybody who donates $2.99 to the cause, your name will be entered into a drawing. One winner will get a $500 Adidas shopping spree with me in Orlando. And the person who recruits the most people to donate will also get to go on another $500 Adidas shopping spree with me in Orlando,` said Howard. `You can go to www.dwighthowardfund.org or www.pinkdingo.com/dhf for details and to donate.`
Howard was born in Atlanta, GA. He usually plays center but can also play power forward.
Howard had an outstanding high school career at Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy. He chose to forgo college and entered the 2004 NBA Draft, and was selected first overall by the Magic.
A four-time All-Star, three-time All-NBA team selection, two-time All-Defensive member, and the 2009 Defensive Player of the Year, Howard has been ranked consistently as one of the best in the league in rebounds, blocks, field goal percentage and free throw attempts, and has set numerous franchise and league records. He has led the Magic to two division titles and one conference title, and he was the winner of the 2008 NBA Slam Dunk Contest. In the 2008 Olympics, he was the starting center for Team USA, which went on to win the gold medal.
Before he was drafted in 2004, Howard said that he wanted to use his NBA career and Christian faith to `raise the name of God within the league and throughout the world.`
In November 2009, he was named one of the 10 finalists for the Jefferson Awards for Public Service, which awards athletes for their charitable work.