Orlando Predators Managing Partner Brett Bouchy sent a message today via Twitter to Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard, pledging to donate $25,000 to Howard's charity, the D12 Foundation, if Howard extends his contract with the Magic.
This move comes after months of speculation regarding whether Howard will extend his contract with the Magic, after having asked for a trade during the offseason. Bouchy is hoping that his proposed donation to the D12 Foundation will help convince Howard to stay in Orlando, and that other local organizations will make similar pledges.
"Dwight means a lot to the Central Florida community, and the Predators want to do their part to help convince him to stay with the Magic," says Bouchy. "We're hoping that other Central Florida companies and organizations will also get behind this effort to keep Dwight here where he belongs."
The Predators have also created a Facebook Page "PledgeWithThePREDS" in an effort to recruit their fans and partners to make additional pledges to the D12 Foundation.
Orlando's Arena Football League franchise since 1991, the Orlando Predators are entering their 21st year in the AFL. In that time, the Predators have advanced to the AFL Playoffs a league-leading 19 consecutive seasons and appeared in the Arena Bowl seven times, winning AFL Championships in 1998 and 2000.