Bo Outlaw Wins the Rich and Helen DeVos Community Enrichment Award

March 24, 2007, 9 p.m. ET

BO OUTLAW NAMED WINNER OF 2006-2007 RICH & HELEN DeVOS COMMUNITY ENRICHMENT AWARD FOR SECOND CONSECUTIVE YEAR
**OMYF recently distributed $687,000 to 25 Central Florida organizations**

Orlando, FL – The Orlando Magic’s Bo Outlaw was named the 2006-2007 winner of the Rich & Helen DeVos Community Enrichment Award Saturday night at the 17th Annual Black Tie & Tennies Charity Gala held at the J.W. Marriott Grande Lakes. This marks the third time, and second consecutive year, Outlaw has won the award (1998-1999, 2005-2006, 2006-2007). Outlaw is the first three-time winner.

Each year at the Gala, the Orlando Magic Youth Foundation (OMYF) honors a player who has dedicated his efforts off the court for the purpose of enhancing others’ lives. An anonymous panel of internal representatives selects the player. In addition to receiving the award, the player is granted $50,000 from the Richard and Helen DeVos Foundation to donate to the charity of his choice.

Outlaw has consistently volunteered his time off the court and to the Central Florida community supporting the initiatives of the Magic’s community relations department, the Orlando Magic Youth Foundation, a fund of the McCormick Tribune Foundation and the NBA. Highlights of his community involvement for the 2006-2007 season include:

  • Walked at the ‘Make 'em Smile’ event at Lake Eola to help raise money for special needs children in Central Florida.

  • Helped raise money for the OMYF by participating in group photos with the golfers at the OMYF Golf Tournament.

  • Spent three days purchasing items for and completely renovating the Downtown Boys and Girls Club.

  • Served as a crossing guard and participated in morning announcements at English Estates Elementary.

  • Participated in meet and greets with different community organizations who were the recipients of his ticket program “Bo’s Lil’ Outlaws”, which provides 40 kids per game a chance to see the Magic play.

  • Participated in two internal autograph sessions, which helps support Central Florida non-profit organizations by raising money through silent auctions.

  • Gave out Thanksgiving meals at community centers on behalf of Darrell Armstrong’s Foundation.

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  • Spent time visiting with children at Florida Children’s Hospital over the holidays.

    Purchased and distributed gifts at a Magic holiday party with underprivileged children and their families.

  • Held a pizza party with Downtown Boys & Girls Club members.

  • Spent the afternoon shooting hoops, signing autographs, giving away gifts and had dinner with residents at the Girls & Boys Town.

  • Visited with Edgewater High School basketball player CJ Bellamy who was shot and going through rehabilitation.

    Past winners of the award include Nick Anderson (1995-1996), Penny Hardaway (1996-1997), Darrell Armstrong (1997-1998, 1999-2000), Bo Outlaw (1998-1999 and 2005-2006), Grant Hill (2000-2001), Monty Williams (2001-2002), Tracy McGrady (2002-2003), Pat Garrity (2003-2004) and Dwight Howard (2004-2005).

    The funds raised this year by the OMYF were distributed to the community through grants totaling $687,000. On February 2, checks to 25 organizations from eight different counties (Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Brevard, Volusia, Lake, Polk and Sumter) were presented at halftime of the Magic vs. New Jersey game. The beneficiaries were recommended by the OMYF “VIP” Committee and then approved by the McCormick Tribune Foundation’s Board of Directors after an extensive five-phase process which began in July of 2006.

    The annual Black Tie & Tennies Charity Gala, along with the Player Championship for Charity Golf Tournament and on-line auctions, represent the most significant fund-raisers of the OMYF.

    The Orlando Magic Youth Foundation, a fund of the McCormick Tribune Foundation, is committed to helping every child in Central Florida realize their full potential, especially those most at risk, by supporting programs and partnerships that empower families and change lives. The OMYF is supported through a team effort by Magic players, coaches, staff and the DeVos Family, in partnership with season ticket holders, corporate partners, fans and the community. More than $13 million has been granted to local non-profits that support the mission statement. For more information on the OMYF, log on to www.orlandomagic.com .