“Get them tickets early,” Howard wrote on Twitter.
Current Magic players Chris Duhon and Quentin Richardson told the Orlando Sentinel that they will play in the event.
Howard also has issued invitations to Shaquille O’Neal, Penny Hardaway and Grant Hill, among others, although it’s unclear whether any of them will participate. The agents for O’Neal and Hill didn’t immediately return messages from the Sentinel.
Howard made his formal announcement on Wednesday after his D12 Foundation finalized an agreement with the company that manages UCF Arena.
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