Making a Difference in the Community: Magic Dedicate New Habitat for Humanity Home
By Josh Cohen
October 21, 2013
ORLANDO -- From decorating the living room to cooking delicious meals in her brand new kitchen to providing a comfortable setting for her two sons to do their homework after school, Treca Morris-Clinton has a lot planned for her beautiful, new three-bedroom townhome in Orlando. Morris-Clinton first wanted to show her appreciation for those who made this dream possible before she got started on that long and exciting to-do list.
She got that opportunity on Monday, Oct. 21 when members of the Orlando Magic, including CEO Alex Martins, Community Ambassadors Nick Anderson and Bo Outlaw, Magic Dancers and STUFF, along with those from Habitat for Humanity of Greater Orlando assembled at her home for a dedication ceremony. It was part of the Magic’s 25 Events in 25 Days campaign.
“This is an ‘OMG’ moment,” said Morris-Clinton, who became the fifth homeowner at the Stag Horn Villas that received assistance from the Magic. “This is amazing. We are so grateful for everyone that helped encourage the process. I would have never thought in a million years that I would be standing here thanking people for what I saw on TV years ago.”
Months earlier when Morris-Clinton was still completing financial literacy classes and sweat equity hours in hopes of earning this tremendous opportunity, the Magic’s Tobias Harris was helping build the home she and her family now live in.
It was particularly special for her two sons, James (16) and Dillon (9), who are passionate basketball fans. They were all awarded tickets to an upcoming Magic home game as well.
“When we talk about delivering legendary moments off the court these are the type of moments that we like to be involved with,” Martins said. “We understand the importance of providing housing to deserving families which is why we will continue to support programs focused on housing and economic development.”
Habitat for Humanity has helped aid 58 homeowners at the Stag Horn Villas development. It is the most ambitious homebuilding effort to date.
“We really thank the sponsors like the Magic and all the volunteers that helped make this home possible,” said Habitat CEO and President Dee Danmeyer.
The Magic have been out in the community all month long. They honored six courageous women who all overcame breast cancer, helped surprise Seminole County’s Quill Educator of the Month, have gone on several rally routes throughout Central Florida to help fans get excited for the start of the franchise’s 25th anniversary season and much more.
To learn more about the Magic in the community, please visit http://www.nba.com/magic/magic-in-the-community