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Magic Engage In School Beautification Project

September 24, 2011

ORLANDO -- The Orlando Magic continued its tip off of the 2011-12 Magic Volunteer Program visiting Palmetto Elementary School on September 23.

As part of the MVP and United Way’s Days of Caring, the Orlando Magic coaches and staff spent an afternoon at Palmetto Elementary assisting in improvements such as planting, mulching and cleaning.

To commence the Magic Volunteer Program, each week several departments or the entire Magic staff will go out to different areas in Central Florida to volunteer their time.

The MVP was developed to encourage Orlando Magic employees to get out and get involved in the community. The program began in July of 2006 with the goal of performing 2,000 hours of community service during the 2006-07 season; over 3,800 hours were tracked that first year. Since program inception nearly 30,000 hours in the Central Florida community have been tracked, including 7,772 hours of community service for the 2010-11 Magic season (July 1, 2010 – June 30, 2011) surpassing the goal of 6,000 hours as an organization for the second straight year.

“The Orlando Magic’s commitment to the Central Florida community starts at the top with our ownership group,” said Orlando Magic President Alex Martins. “The DeVos family wants to ensure that our team provides a positive, encouraging example through our coaches, players and employees. From the beginning that has been a priority for the franchise, to leave an indelible mark in our community through our charitable endeavors. The Magic Volunteer Program is an important part to achieving that goal. I applaud our employees for their unselfish dedication to the Central Florida community by the outstanding volunteering of their time and talent.”

MVP is unique in that it allows employees to volunteer during work hours. As an added incentive, employees who reach a certain level of volunteer hours in the community will be invited to a recognition luncheon and receive a monetary donation for the charity of their choice.