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Dwight Howard: Winner of March 2014 Kia Community Assist Award

Community Outreach

Block out Violence

Program Description - The D12 Foundation’s “Block Out Violence” Program is a grassroots, student driven competition focused on promoting non-violence, anti-bullying, respect and acceptance, with the goal of creating safe campuses and ultimately, safe communities. The Junior and Senior High School that produced the most creative and impactful campaign that generated school-wide participation were named “D12 Block Out Violence” Schools, and each won a rally with Dwight Howard.

Results: Thirty-two Houston area schools registered for the program, and thousands of students, their families and their communities joined in the campaign. High schools and junior high schools throughout the greater Houston area embraced the message of non-violence by taking to social media with positive messages— the most active schools posting nearly 300,000 messages and photos using their assigned BOV#. Schools also hosted events on campus and in their neighborhoods. Many students continued the campaign even while on spring break. We’ve heard great reports of how entire campuses have been unified as a result of the BOV campaign. In summary, the inaugural launch of Dwight’s Block Out Violence Program has been a catalyst for positive change at Houston area schools.

  • Hosted rally at the Harmony School to reward students for collecting more food than all other schools that participated in the Rockets “Food for Families” program. He thanked students, took photos and did an interview with student reporters for the school newspaper. Harmony School of Ingenuity. Oct. 31, 2013

  • Dwight joined team mates in hosting Thanksgiving dinner for 150 kids from the Boys & Girls Clubs, Kids Meals, and Casa deEsperanza. He served dinner and dessert, took photos and stayed to watch the movie Freebirds with kids. Toyota Center – Nov. 26, 2013

  • Participated in Season of Giving Shopping Spree for 50 children from the Boys & Girls Clubs. Had a great time taking kids around store to select items within the budget. Super Target on Main Street. Dec. 3, 2013

  • Dwight worked alongside youth to paint the teen room at the Holthouse Boys & Girls Club. Jan. 21, 2014.

  • Surprised members of the Lamar High School basketball team by dropping by their practice one day before their first playoff game. Dwight encouraged the boys to never give up, work hard and remain determined to reach their goals. Following his pep talk, Dwight had fun watching members of the team show off their dance moves. Lamar High School, Feb. 17, 2014

  • Shot Rockets “Go Green” PSA promoting recycling. Rockets offices at Toyota Center. February 28, 2014

  • Purchased 50 season tickets and t-shirts as part of the Rockets for Youth Ticket Program, which made it possible for underserved children to attend every Rockets home game.

  • Rockets for Youth Tickets - Met with one of the groups that received his donated tickets thank them for attending the game. Toyota Center, March 17, 2014

2013 D12 Foundation Projects

  • Salvation Army Catered Breakfast - Dwight provided a catered breakfast from the “Breakfast Klub” complete with pancakes, bacon, eggs and juice for 75 women and children who resided at the Salvation Army Residence Center. He served breakfast, spent time going to each table talking to moms and joking with kids, and played Santa by passing out gifts that he purchased for each child. He also provided $50 target gift cards to each mother. Salvation Army Residence. Dec. 22, 2013

  • Gift to Beta Center - As part of his on-going outreach efforts through his D12 Foundation, Dwight has continued to work with the Beta Center in Orlando Florida, including providing $10,000 to the organization this past December. Following his Foundation event at the Salvation Army Residence in Houston, Dwight took time out to connect with the Beta Center via Skype to tell them about the donation and wish them well for the holidays. Salvation Army Residence. Dec. 22, 2013