Nick Anderson Joins Orlando Magic Commitment to the Community Efforts

Former star will be part of the Magic’s Community Relations department & Take Part in Slamming Summer Tour

July 31, 2006

Orlando, FL – As part of its continued commitment to community efforts, Nick Anderson – the Orlando Magic’s first-ever draft choice and all-time leading scorer – has joined the Orlando Magic's community relations department, Alex Martins, Chief Operating Officer, announced Monday.

Anderson, who was a staple in the Orlando community as a player for 10 seasons (1989-99), will take part in a variety of community outreach efforts.

“We are very excited to bring Nick back home to Central Florida,” said Martins. “He was an outstanding community ambassador as a player and we look forward to his future efforts as part of our community relations team, while also working in various other departments in our organization.”

Among his initial efforts, Anderson will take part in the Orlando Magic’s newly formed Slamming Summer Tour, which will visit a number of Central Florida cities, events and community locations. The summer caravan will include interactive activities, numerous giveaways, and appearances by Stuff the Magic Mascot, the Magic Dancers, Blue Crew, and other Magic celebrities. The “Fanbulance,” the Magic’s new interactive fan vehicle, will lead the tour. Tour stops will be updated on orlandomagic.com.

Anderson, the team’s first-ever NBA Draft selection out of the University of Illinois (11th overall, 1989 NBA Draft), played 10 seasons for the Orlando Magic from 1989-99. In 692 career regular season games with Orlando, he averaged 15.4 ppg., 5.3 rpg., 2.8 apg. and 1.45 stlpg. Anderson ranks as the franchise’s all-time leading scorer with 10,650 points. He also stands as the Magic’s all-time leader in games played (692), field goals made (4,075), steals (1,004), field goals attempted (8,976), three-point field goals attempted (2,480) and minutes played (22,440).

Anderson may best be remembered for one of the greatest moments in Magic history – stealing the ball from Michael Jordan during the closing seconds of Game 1 of the 1995 Eastern Conference Semifinals, allowing Orlando to win the contest and eventually move on to the NBA Finals. This past season Anderson was the first honoree as part of the Magic’s “Commitment to the Past” program, a multi-season effort aimed at embracing Magic history and the team’s former players. Anderson won the inaugural Rich and Helen DeVos Community Enrichment Award in 1995-96.

Slamming Summer Tour Schedule (check orlandomagic.com for updates and specific locations/times as they become available...subject to change)
* August 5, 2006 – Tampa
* August 12, 2006 – Cocoa Beach/Brevard County
* August 26, 2006 – Ormond/Daytona
* September 2, 2006 – DeLand/Deltona
* September 16, 2006 – The Villages/Leesburg