Hosting Dwight Howard in China

Oct 13, 2010

It’s NBA week on the One by One blog! Yesterday, we introduced new initiatives with the opening of the Amway Center in Orlando. Today, guest blogger Alan Yi tells about a One by One program in China with Dwight Howard.

In July, NBA superstar Dwight Howard traveled to Beijing and Taipei to promote China’s NBA Junior Event.

Sponsored by Amway’s Nutrilite brand, the Junior NBA in China is a grassroots program that aims to develop a life-long passion for the game among youngsters.

In an interview with China Radio International on Tuesday, Howard, who also serves as the ambassador of Amway Nutrilite Junior NBA, gave young Chinese players high praise.

“I have a lot of hope in those players I had a chance to train … They have a lot of talent and a lot of skill. I put them to a couple of drills that test their will and heart, and all those kids did excellent. They didn’t quit. Nor did they give up, and I am happy to see that.”

The kids were wide-eyed and a little surprised when they got to know Dwight. According to one young player, he was a bit of a card. “Everyone loves him! I couldn’t tell he was so funny when he was on TV.”

During the three-day tour, Howard also participated in a charity basketball shooting game, raising more than $22,000 for disabled children. He was excited with the whole travel experience.

“It is an honor to be able to come to China, and represent Amway, but also the NBA and Junior NBA … A lot of people never have a chance to come to see the world, and I had an opportunity to see China and basically all of Asia. It’s very beautiful. I’m happy to have this opportunity, and I’m glad to be able to help a younger generation.”

As to his experience with Amway, Howard has become a fan. “I’m a big friend of Amway. I know that it is a wonderful business, making the world better.”

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