Dwight Howard, starting center for the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets, has called Atlanta home since elementary school. 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.
Crediting his family and his faith for his philanthropic activities, Dwight founded the D12 Foundation in 2011 and works in partnership with leading U.S. organizations in the areas of early childhood education and literacy. He adds his voice to the challenges facing youth through engagement in mentorship, including at the Boys and Girl Club bearing his name in Charlotte. Internationally, Dwight champions girls’ education in Tanzania, East Africa, providing safe housing and school essentials for young women pursuing their education. Most recently, he led the establishment of a new social venture there, creating a small production facility that employs local women in the making of biodegradable feminine hygiene products. The products are donated to local girls to help improve school attendance, foster better understanding of health and hygiene issues, and bolster self-confidence.
Dwight will join our chairman, Neil Bush, at the Closing Plenary for a conversation about the importance of service.