As one of the most recognizable sports figures in the world, Dwight Howard, center for the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks, has built a portfolio of enviable accolades since his selection as 2004’s #1 pick in the NBA Draft – one of just a handful of high school basketball players to be so highly regarded. In addition to his multi-year All-Star Game appearances and an Olympic gold medal his accomplishments include:
- In eight seasons with the Orlando Magic, he averaged a double-double of points and rebounds – accumulating thirty-one (31) 20 point/20 rebound games and four (4) 30 point/20 rebounds efforts and once a pinnacle 32 points 25 rebounds and 10 blocks (largest stat line in 20 years).
- He is the first player in NBA history to earn the honor of NBA Defensive Player of the year for three straight seasons. Only Dikembe Mutombo and Ben Wallace, with four each, have won the award more times.
Dwight’s exuberance is as electrifying to fans, as is his physical prowess is. A great example of power and personality, his enthusiasm stems from a genuine appreciation for life. He shares, “I’m just blessed to be alive. My mom lost seven kids. I was supposed to be the eighth kid to die. The doctor told her I wasn’t going to make it either. So I’m just happy to have life and I’m going to show that every day.”
Dwight’s unique star shines both on and off the court. An NBA Community Assist Award winner and 5-time winner of the DeVos Community Enrichment Award, he is recognized as an international ambassador for today’s NBA, whether helping to expand the league’s reach globally or working diligently on behalf of the children’s initiatives he personally supports, he is a powerful force.
Through his personal foundation, he champions
- Early childhood education and literacy
- Access to education for East African girls
- Youth leadership and volunteerism
He also provides generous support of the Dwight D. Howard and Sheryl H. Howard Foundation established by his parents to support education and youth development in his hometown in Atlanta.