Dwight D. and Sheryl H. Howard Foundation Presents 2nd Annual Holiday Hoopla

Jo-Carolyn Goode | 12/15/2015, 11:23 a.m.
The second annual Dwight D. and Sheryl H. Howard "Holiday Hoopla" will be brightening the holiday season again for many ...

HOUSTON -- The second annual Dwight D. and Sheryl H. Howard "Holiday Hoopla" will be brightening the holiday season again for many kids in Houston's underserved community. After the blowout success of the 2014 event, the parents of Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard are bringing the two-day event back, teaching life skills, financial literacy, providing mentorship and basketball fundamentals to young men ages 7-14.

The Howards began working with underserved youth in Atlanta, Georgia many years ago and decided to expand their community outreach Houston to give back to the city that lovingly embraced their son.

The 2015 Holiday Hoopla will begin with a basketball mini-camp at the West Orem YMCA, teaching the value of hard work, dedication, teamwork and other skills that can be carried off the court and into the arena of everyday life. This free camp, led by Dwight Howard Sr. and Jahaziel Howard, will be open to 50 boys (ages 7 to 14).

The following night, select boys will be paired with a professional male athlete, community leader or celebrity who will serve as "bowl buddies" for "Mentorship Between the Lanes." This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity will allow the boys(ages 7 to 14) who meet academic and athletic excellence to bowl with their favorite hero.

Last year, Dwight Howard was joined by former Houston Texans player D. J. Swearinger, DJ JQue and JMac of 97.9 the Boxx, H-Town rapper Slim Thug, PBA Player of the year Shawn Maldonado and others while they hit the lanes with their kids for friendly competition, high-fiving, snacking and lots of laughs. Throughout the year, many of the mentors have kept in contact with their little buddies.

The list is filling up once again as many men wanting to serve as mentors are stepping up to the plate. Confirmed bowl buddies include Dwight Howard (Houston Rockets), Jahaziel Howard, HPD Chief Charles A. McClelland, Slim Thug ( Hogg Life Rapper), Isiah Carey (KRIV Fox 26), DJ Drizzle (Boom 92.1), JMac (KBXX 97.9 the Box) and DJ JQue (97.9 the Box). The list of celebrities continues to grow daily.

Please see the “Holiday Hoopla” events below:

Saturday, December 19th , 2015 2nd Annual “Howard’s Holiday Mini-Camp” W. Orem Family YMCA 5801 W Orem Dr, Houston, TX 77085 9am-1pm

Sunday, December 20th , 2015 “Mentorship Between the Lanes” Lucky Strike Bowl Houston Pavilions, 1201 San Jacinto St, Houston, TX 77002 6pm-9pm

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