Orlando Magic megastar Dwight Howard, a.k.a. "Superman," is set to release an album targeted at kids called "Shoot for the Stars." The CD is scheduled to be out October 26.
"This record is a dream come true for me in so many ways," said Howard. "Recording this album ranks for me with being the first pick in the NBA draft, my first NBA All-Star game and winning a gold medal at the Olympics."
The CD boasts a track list of remakes of fan favorites like the Black Eyed Peas' "Let's Get It Started," MC Hammer's "U Can't Touch This," The Jackson Five's "ABC" and "Whoomp (Hoop) There It Is."
Howard, one of the funniest players in sports, will also do impersonations of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Charles Barkley and, my personal favorite, Magic coach Stan Van Gundy on the album.
Some of the proceeds from sales will go towards the BETA Center, which is an Orlando-based organization committed to supporting teenage mothers and at-risk families.
In other words, Howard took time away from his personal life to do something fun and generous for the community. It's refreshing to see NBA players who understand how influential they can be as role models. Howard truly gets it.
While most NBA players would be horrified by the idea of making a kids album (lest it detract from their macho persona), this project suits Howard perfectly.
He is already one of basketball's most avid philanthropists.
In 2004, he established the Dwight D. Howard Foundation Inc. to provide students with scholarships to his Alma mater, Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy. The Foundation also strengthens Howard's basketball legacy by organizing summer basketball camps for young boys and girls.
In an age where other NBA superstars are carelessly destroying their public images, the charismatic Howard is again showing the world why he's everyone's lovable giant.
LeBron James could learn a lesson or two from Howard.