THE ORLANDO MAGIC AND TOBIAS HARRIS TO PLANT COMMUNITY GARDEN IN SUPPORT OF GREEN WEEK 2014
Orlando, Fla. (April 8, 2014) — The Orlando Magic announces their participation in the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) Green Week 2014, which tipped off April 3 and runs through April 10. The Orlando Magic and partners OUC – The Reliable One and Owens Facility Service join together to celebrate Green Week 2014 through various green initiatives. Magic player Tobias Harris, Magic Community Ambassadors Nick Anderson and Bo Outlaw, Magic Dancers and volunteers from OUC and Owens will visit youth at Nap Ford Community School (325 N. Parramore Ave., Orlando, 32801) in the Parramore community on Tuesday, April 8 at 2 p.m. to plant fruits and vegetables and craft garden signs to enhance their garden. In addition, OUC will educate the youth on water conservation and efforts around the community to “go green.” The Magic will donate plants, soil and gardening tools to benefit the Parramore community garden.
Along with its Green Week 2014 presenting partners OUC and OFS, the Orlando Magic will continue its Green Week celebration during the Wednesday, April 9 Magic vs. Nets matchup at Amway Center. The Magic’s “Green Week” game activities to include:
- OUC – The Reliable One will be at Fan Fest (pregame on Church St.) talking to Magic fans about how they can score big at home by saving water, energy and money.
- “Green Tips” promoting energy and water efficiency, recycling, reusing and more. Along with other related features displayed on the videoboard throughout the game.
- To raise awareness, Magic players to wear adidas 100 percent organic cotton shooting shirts, wristbands and headbands featuring the NBA Green logo for Green Week games.
- Magic coaches and broadcasters will sport NBA Green week lapel pins.
The Amway Center spire will be green in support of NBA Green Week.
Other on-going Orlando Magic green activities include: In addition to the Amway Center being a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certified facility, the building is maintained by Owens Facility Services using Green Seal certified, non-toxic cleaning chemicals, low-impact cleaning equipment, recycled paper products and sustainable cleaning practices. Owens Facility Services is recognized nationally and internationally for its commitment to sustainable facility maintenance practices.
The Magic joins the NBA family in continuing to identify and implement environmentally sound practices across all of its business areas. Additionally, in partnership with the NRDC and Renewable Choice Energy, the NBA will collect “Year 2” data for Mosaic, an online tool designed to measure environmental impact, allowing each team to track, analyze and identify cost-saving opportunities within their environmental footprint.
Throughout Green Week, the Magic joins the NBA to encourage fans of all ages to share the small steps they take each day to make a difference by using the hashtag #NBAGreen and tag @communityleak. To learn more about what the NBA and its teams are doing to “go green,” please visit www.nba.com/green.
About OUC—The Reliable One
Established in 1923 by a special act of the Florida Legislature, OUC—The Reliable One is the second largest municipal utility in Florida. OUC provides electric and water services to nearly 230,000 customers in Orlando, St. Cloud and parts of unincorporated Orange and Osceola counties. Visit www.ouc.com to learn more about our commitment to reliability, affordability and sustainability.
About Owens Facility Services
Owens Facility Services pledges that we will do our part to incorporate green and sustainable industry best practices to ensure the Amway Center is preserved in an environmentally sensitive manner for long term enjoyment by the Orlando community and all of the patrons that support its dynamic future.Owens Facility Services manages and maintains billions of dollars of private and public sector facilities and campuses. For 22 years Owens Facility Services has been recognized as an innovative industry leader maintaining some of the largest and most technologically advanced facilities in the world.
In 2009 Owens Facility Services was runner up for the International Office Building of the Year award from the Building Owners and Managers Association International (BOMA) for our management of The State of New York's LEED Silver certified Department of Environmental Conservation’s office tower in Albany, New York. Owens Facility Services also won a BOMA Office Building of the Year award in 2010 for our management of the Orlando City Hall. To learn more about Owens Facility Services, please visit our website at www.owens-services.com.
About the Orlando Magic
Orlando's NBA franchise since 1989, the Magic's mission is to be world champions on and off the court, delivering legendary moments every step of the way. The Magic, celebrating its 25th Anniversary Silver Season, has seen great success in a relatively short history, winning five division championships (1995, 1996, 2008, 2009, 2010) with seven 50-plus win seasons and capturing the Eastern Conference title in 1995 and 2009. Off the court, on an annual basis, the Orlando Magic gives more than $2 million to the local community by way of sponsorships of events, donated tickets, autographed merchandise, scholarships and grants. Orlando Magic community relations programs impact an estimated 75,000 kids each year, while a Magic staff-wide initiative provides more than 6,000 volunteer hours annually. In addition, over the last 23 years more than $18 million has been distributed to local nonprofit community organizations through the Orlando Magic Youth Fund (OMYF-MFF), a McCormick Foundation Fund since 1994, which serves at-risk youth. 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.