By Delinda Lombardo on
The NBA’s 2009 NBA Defensive Player of the Year and 4-time winner of the Rich and Helen DeVos Community Enrichment Award, Dwight Howard, recently launched his Dwight Howard Fund with the mission to help at-risk youths around the world, and he is asking for your help.
Howard, who recently made a personal donation of $100,000 to Haiti, is currently running an online fundraising campaign via the DHF to help match his personal contribution. This is where fans are asked to help. Donate $2.99, recruit the most donors, and whoever recruits the most has the opportunity to win a once-in-a-lifetime experience of a $500 Adidas shopping spree with Dwight Howard himself.
It’s simple: sign up, start recruiting and wait to see if you win the shopping spree with Howard.
“I was personally moved to do something international after spending time in South Africa last summer and finding out the impact I can make on kids from a different culture and place,” said Dwight Howard. “Haiti seemed like the perfect place to start and a place that really needs the help. They were a poor country and then they had the devastating earthquake, so they need a lot of help. There have been a lot of relief efforts in Haiti already but there’s still a lot of work to do there, especially with the children.”
Howard has tapped teammate Adonal Foyle's Kerosene Lamp Foundation to manage the fund on his behalf. Foyle, a recent inductee into the World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame, founded KLF to empower youth to grow into healthy and well-educated adults.
“Adonal has been giving back for many years, so it felt great to partner with him on my new fund and benefit from his experience,” said Howard. “I’m excited to make a difference for kids in Haiti, and I’ll be counting on my fans to help me make some great things happen.”
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