BY MARJORIE ACOSTA
(August 4, 2011)-Dwight Howard is used to being the center of attention, but this week he turned all of his attention to over 500 kids who participated in his basketball camp in Orlando, FL. The campers, ages 7-17 years old, took over the UCF Arena as they ran drills and learned group building strategies from Howard and the Pro Camps coaches. But it wasn’t all business; the campers joined in on contests, games, and photo ops with Howard.
It was a family affair as parents and siblings watched on from the stands. With their camera phones and camcorders in hand, the parents cheered on their future NBA stars.
Generation Nexxt joined in on the fun bringing sports casting desk right to the court. Howard brought some all-star friends to the anchor desk as Josh Powell of the Atlanta Hawks joined in on the coverage and interviews. The kids took the spot light as they put Howard in the hot seat asking him their own questions! They even claimed the Generation Nexxt sports casting desk as their own and anchored their own segment. Howard is known for a being a comedian in his own right. He joked with the campers as he put on his infamous Superman voice. His biggest antic was challenging one camper in a bet to make a half court shot. The prize: $800! The entire arena burst with cheers and applause as 17-year-old Jordan Funk made the difficult shot on his one and only try. Video link: http://gennexxt.ning.com/video/camper-hits-half-court-shot-at-dwigh…
After three days of games, awards and non-stop fun, the camp wrapped up with championship games. Each camp participant went home with posters, t-shirts, an autograph, team picture with Dwight Howard and Generation Nexxt highlight DVD; but beyond that, they take with them lifelong memories and new skill sets to reach their future goals.