Dwight Howard – Black History Month

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Dwight Howard

Dwight David Howard Jr. was a high school standout at Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy. Dwight selected to go without college and declared himself eligible for the NBA Draft, where he was selected first by Orlando Magic. He became an instant driver of the franchise’s success, winning several awards for scoring, rebounding and defensive play. After seven seasons as a star in Orlando, in 2012, Howard was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers.

Early Life of Dwight Howard

Born in Atlanta, Georgia on December 8, 1985, Dwight David Howard Jr., was a sports fan at an early age. His father, Dwight Howard Sr., is an athletic director, and his mother, Sheryl, played on the inaugural women’s basketball team at Atlanta’s Morris Brown College. As a child, Howard dreamed of becoming a No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft.

Dwight Howard at the Playoffs

Howard went to high school at Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy, a faculty recognized across the country because of its basketball power. Throughout his senior year, Dwight headed his team to help win the 2004 state championship, which they lost the previous year. A number of awards increased his status as a high school standout, for example the 2004 Naismith Award, and the Gatorade National Player of the Year and McDonald’s National High School Player of the Year awards. In addition, having been named to Parade magazine’s “All-American Team” list.

Dwight Howard with Orlando Magic

Just like his idol, Kevin Garnett, after whom he patterned his shooting and ball-handling skills, Howard made a decision to abandon college education and learning, and announced himself eligible to the 2004.

Dwight Howard playing in the All-Star game

Dwight in the NBA

At 18, Howard had been picked first of all by Orlando Magic in the NBA Draft, a childhood dream. Although young in age, Dwight’s size and abilities on the court made an instantaneous influence on Orlando’s goals. In the course of his very first year in the league, he became a leading rebounder, scored more than 20 points in 11 games, and became the first player in the history of the NBA as a rookie to start in all 82 games, fresh from high school.

By his third professional season, Howard would make his very first NBA All-Star appearance as a reserve on the 2007 Eastern Conference squad. He went on to turn into a six-time NBA All-Star, six-time All-NBA Team selection, five-time All-Defensive Team member and three-time Defensive Player of the Year-the youngest player at any time to win that honor-while playing for the Magic. The talented player led Orlando to three division titles and one conference title.

Dwight Howard playing with the LA Lakers

In 2008, Howard became an important part of the gold medal-winning Olympic basketball team on the Olympic Summer Games in Beijing. In 2012, after seven seasons being a star with the Orlando Magic, Howard ended up being traded to the top-tier Los Angeles Lakers.

Dwight’s Charity Affiliation

Howard has not been timid about sharing his love of basketball with young people. He founded the Dwight D. Howard Foundation to deliver scholarships or grants for underprivileged children who would like to attend his alma mater, the Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy.

He furthermore travels to children’s hospitals all over the United States, uplifting children to achieve their dreams. He has served as National Ambassador for Big Brothers Big Sisters. Additionally, Howard has helped to promote literacy as part of the NBA’s “Read To Achieve” program.

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