Houston Rockets: Dwight Howard Receives March Kia Community Assist Award

By Michael Ma

Apr 5, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Houston Rockets players Dwight Howard and Chandler Parsons in attendance in the second half of the Florida Gators and Connecticut Huskies game during the semifinals of the Final Four in the 2014 NCAA Mens Division I Championship tournament at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Dwight Howard’s presence to the Houston Rockets expand beyond the basketball court. Howard has received the March Kia Community Assist Award in recognition of his charitable contributions and efforts in the Greater Houston area. The award is given to a player each month who exemplifies the passion and service for giving back to communities.

Howard’s D12 Foundation launched their “Block Out Violence” program in Houston-area high schools, promoting anti-bullying, nonviolence, respect, and acceptance. 32 high schools have participated in the program since it started in early March.

Howard also purchased 50 season tickets as part of the Rockets for Youth ticket program, while providing breakfast and gifts to homeless mothers and their children at the Salvation Army Residence Center in Houston.

“I’ve made it a point to give back to the community since my career began, and now that Houston is my home I want to make a difference here. I’ve been concerned about the violence and bullying that seems to be taking control of our schools and communities – not only in Houston, but throughout the country,” said Howard. “My hope is that the “Block Out Violence” campaign will motivate students to start grassroots movements in their schools that get them thinking and talking about the way they treat one another – ultimately, making safer schools and communities.”