Via the Orlando Magic:
NBA All-Star Dwight Howard will present $25,000 to the BETA Center for the second consecutive year on Wednesday, December 15. Howard’s gift will be used to support the newly developed “Dwight Howard Learning Center” at BETA. The learning center is a newly designed program that incorporates innovative activities to empower teen moms to achieve academic and vocational success. Services at the center will include tutoring, college preparation, self-esteem building and more. It will also provide funding to cover college application fees and test preparation booklets, instructional materials and other essential program-related supplies.
The BETA Center donation became a reality due to Howard being named the 2009-10 Rich and Helen DeVos Community Enrichment Award winner. Each year at the Orlando Magic Youth Fund Black Tie and Tennies Charity Gala, the Orlando Magic honors a player who has dedicated his efforts off-the-court for the purpose of enhancing others’ lives. In addition to receiving the award, the player is granted $50,000 from the Richard and Helen DeVos Foundation to donate to the charity of his choice.