Hawks’ Dwight Howard to host screening of 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul’

Dwight Howard walks off the court after beating the Washington Wizards in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals April 24, 2017, in Atlanta.

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Dwight Howard walks off the court after beating the Washington Wizards in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals April 24, 2017, in Atlanta.

Atlanta Hawks center Dwight Howard is expected to host a screening of “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul” on Sunday.

Howard, president and founder of the D12 Foundation and advocate for literacy among Atlanta’s youth, will host an exclusive screening of the newest movie in the “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” series for children involved in select Atlanta reading programs.

“The WIMPY KID books are fun for kids to read and, really, if a kid enjoys reading, that makes learning everything easier. I hope kids see the film and think about reading the next book – and the next one. A kid who likes reading is a kid who’ll be successful,” Howard said in a statement.

The screening will begin on Sunday at 4:30 p.m. at Regal Atlantic Station.

Instead of a red carpet, cast from the movie, athletes and artists will walk the “Read Carpet” before Sunday’s screening.

“Diary of a Wimpy Kid” series author Jeff Kinney and actor Jason Drucker are expected to be at the event.

“Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul” will be released in theatres on May 19.