Magic to Honor Grant Hill on March 25
ORLANDO – In continuation of the Orlando Magic’s 25th anniversary season-long celebration the team will honor former Magic legend and seven-time NBA All-Star, Grant Hill, at the Magic’s March 25 matchup vs. the Portland Trail Blazers, tip-off set for 7 p.m.
The night will feature a center court presentation at the end of the first quarter. Hill will join FOX Sports Florida’s broadcasts including Magic Live pregame show with hosts Paul Kennedy and Nick Anderson and join broadcasters David Steele and Jeff Turner for a portion of the game broadcast.
He will also be featured live from Amway Center on Magic Drive Time radio show with host Dante Marchitelli on March 25 at 5:30 p.m. on 740 The Game. In addition, the first 2,500 fans will receive a collectible 8x10 photo featuring Hill and Andrew Nicholson. Hill will be available to the media at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 25 in the Amway Center interview room.
“Legends Nights” is an on-going program which will honor former players/legends throughout the Magic’s Silver Season. Past honorees include Tracy McGrady, Nick Anderson, Pat Williams, Jimmy Hewitt, Dennis Scott, Pat Garrity, Jeff Turner, Sam Vincent, John Gabriel, Bo Outlaw, Horace Grant, Penny Hardaway and Darrell Armstrong. In addition to the Magic’s “Legends Nights,” the 2013-14 season will feature the Silver Ticket Sweepstakes and Scratch Off Promotion, special appearances, game entertainment and other events throughout the season.
Hill was drafted in the first round (third overall) of the 1994 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons out of Duke University. He left the Pistons in a sign and trade in 2000 to join the Magic, and was with the Magic for six seasons from 2000-07. Hill appeared in 200 regular season games for the Magic. While with the Magic, he averaged 16.4 ppg., 5.0 rpg., 3.1 apg. and 1.1 stlpg. in 32.2 mpg., and was twice selected as an NBA All-Star (2001 and 2005).
The 25 years of Magic basketball have seen great success for a relatively young franchise including five division championships (1995, 1996, 2008, 2009, 2010), seven 50-plus win seasons and Eastern Conference titles in 1995 and 2009. In addition to its on-the-court success, the team gives more than $2 million to the local community by way of sponsorships of events, donated tickets, autographed merchandise, scholarships and grants. Including more than $18 million distributed to local nonprofit community organizations through the Orlando Magic Youth Foundation and the Orlando Magic Youth Fund (OMYF-MFF), a McCormick Foundation Fund since 1994. Orlando Magic community relations programs annually impact an estimated 100,000 kids each year, while the OMYF-MFF has positively impacted more than 1 million children. The Magic Volunteer Program (MVP), an organizational staff-wide initiative, provides more than 6,000 community volunteer hours per year.
Ticket highlights for the Magic's 2013-14 Silver Season in the Amway Center, honored with TheStadiumBusiness Awards’ 2013 Customer Experience Award and named SportsBusiness Journal's 2012 Sports Facility of the Year, include: 2,500 seats priced $20 or less, 8,000 seats priced $40 or less and 9,000 seats priced $50 or under. For ticket information log on to www.orlandomagic.com or call 407-89-MAGIC.