Dwight Howard Surprises Fans, Joins Their Kickball Team

By Kiran Dhillon

Dwight Howard, pro basketball player for the Houston Rockets, dropped by West Beach in Santa Barbara, CA yesterday after employees at research engine FindTheBest asked him to join their 7 PM kickball game.

Here’s how it all went down.

FindTheBest’s Michael Hess got wind that Howard would be in town, and tweeted the star asking where he’d be. But Howard wouldn’t give away too many details, only revealing that he may visit the most popular area in town, State Street:

But another FindTheBest employee, Cody O’Bryen, had a different idea-thinking that if they couldn’t go to Howard, they’d have Howard come to them:

When Howard took the bait and asked O’Bryen what time, O’Bryen responded with a pic of the jersey that was awaiting the NBA star:

The conversation ended on an uncertain note:

But when 7 PM rolled around, Howard showed up to play, even sticking around for photos afterwards:

Howard with O’Bryen left, and Hess right