Magic Help Make One Young Fan's Dream Come True

By Josh Cohen
Jan. 16, 2014

ORLANDO – As soon as Kyle Darroch arrived on the Amway Center court about an hour prior to tipoff on Wednesday his eyes lit up, his smile brightened and his undeniable passion for the Orlando Magic became apparent.

Darroch, a 13-year-old with cerebral palsy, lived out one of his biggest dreams when he got the opportunity to meet some of his favorite Magic players and take pictures with them. Though it wasn’t the first time he attended a Magic game it was his first chance to be up close with the players and chat with them about basketball and much more.

As described by his parents, Peter and Susanne, Kyle has always been a huge Magic supporter and he considers himself one of the team’s prevalent cheerleaders. Such an amazing fan, Kyle even rides around in a Magic decorated power wheelchair at his school.

Very knowledgeable of the game, Kyle’s family believes he will be an excellent sports commentator one day. Though torn about who his current favorite player is, he enjoys watching all of them develop and now has these fond memories meeting them.

“This is awesome,” his mother Susanne said. “He loves the Magic and watches all the games on TV so it is really an honor and exciting to be here.”

“He is the greatest cheerleader there is,” she added.

The Magic continue to be a positive influence for many children in the community. Whether it’s attending functions that are aimed at supporting youth initiatives, supporting growth in schools or inviting kids to games and other events to share in the joy and excitement, the Magic have embraced this role and will continue to.

To learn more about the Magic in the community, please visit http://www.nba.com/magic/magic-in-the-community. Also, to find out more about the Magic Maker program, which gives children suffering from medical conditions the opportunity to attend a game and have a meet-and-greet with players like Kyle experienced, go to https://omagic.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_3EKbf8T0htwxVzL.