Dwight Howard had the opportunity to visit Blue Ridge Elementary school in Houston for Camp Read Along. The elementary students received the details at the end of the day that Dwight would be a surprise guest. Camp Read Along is designed to motivate the students to read more instead of spending a lot of time on electrical devices or watching TV. Thank you for the invite, we had a great time Blue Ridge Elementary.
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ton Rockets center Dwight Howard honored James Fisher, a young boy who died on Monday after a battle with brain cancer, with an Instagram video.
Howard posted the video with the accompanying caption: “Rest in peace lil James Fisher. He passed away a couple hours ago. He was the little kid I picked up to dunk a couple of months ago during pregame warmups. He also gave me the rubber band that says James strong. He was such an inspiration to me and my teammates. I have worn the band everyday since he gave it to me and I will continue to wear this band. You are in a better place. No more pain. No more hospital visits. Just peace love and happiness. And you can dunk as many times as u want. See u in heaven James.”
Howard and Fisher met in December, when Howard helped seven-year-old Fisher dunk a basketball before the Rockets’ game against the Phoenix Suns at the Toyota Center on Dec. 6.
On a Facebook page set up on Fisher’s behalf, his family encouraged funeral visitors to arrive wearing jeans and a Houston Texans jersey or Rockets t-shirt since Fisher “loved” those two teams.
Howard returned to the court last week after missing 26 games with a knee injury. The 29-year-old center is averaging 15.9 points, 10.6 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game this season.
On behalf of D12 Foundation and Breathe Again campaign, Dwight visited Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services on Saturday, March 14. Mr. Howard toured the facility and spent time with the children and families serviced by the agency. Boys ages 6-18, live in the residential treatment facility. Many have suffered unimaginable trauma and neglect.
Hathaway-Sycamores assist children and families in the agency’s Foster Family and Adoption program. For more information please visit
Dwight Howard had the opportunity to visit students at Self Enhancement Inc or SEI in Portland, Or. Dwight toured the facility and took the time to speak with the students and share his experiences growing up in Atlanta, Ga. SEI alumni Terrence Jones welcomed Dwight and the D12 Foundation. For more information about about SEI please visit: www.selfenhancement.org
On February 21, 2015 D12 Foundation hosted “Soaring Kidz” at the Houston Rockets vs Toronto Raptors game.
D12 Foundation volunteers teamed up with Kashi Ashram Atlanta Street Meals to feed the homeless in February. Every Wednesday at 12 noon at Peachtree and Pine Street Men’s shelter volunteers meet to pass out bag lunches. D12 Foundation will be apart of this initiative at least twice a month by providing additional bag lunches or bottled water and volunteers. We are looking forward to gathering more supplies and different types of food and encouragement for the less fortunate through our new program D12 Street Meals Team.
If you would like to donate your time, or supplies please email us at Info@D12Foundation.org
On Febraury 7, 2015 we hosted middle school and high school students and their parents to see a private screening of the movie Selma at the AMC First Colony 24 in Sugar Land. It was a great turn out and we had a chance to talk with the kids before the movie started. The artist Ted Ellis displayed his artwork and spoke to the kids as well about his drawings of Selma and the importance of the Arts as another way to educate others. This is our way of kicking off Black History Month in efforts to educate and inspire a diverse group of young people because they too will be leaders one day.