Lucas Boyce Reaches His Goals
The Orlando Business Journal recently published a story about the Orlando Magic's very own Lucas Boyce, who serves as the Director of Community Relations, Government Affairs and Multicultural Insights. Read about all of his extraordinary achievements in this great article:
Lucas Boyce sets extreme goals — and reaches them
By Wes Goldberg
Not every foster-care child goes on to work for the White House and then becomes a National Basketball Association executive. But Lucas Boyce, director of community relations, government affairs and multicultural insights for the Orlando Magic , did just that.
Boyce — Central Florida’s 2011 Outstanding Male of the Year in Orlando Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 competition — set three goals when growing up with his foster parents in Missouri: to work for the White House, fly on Air Force One and work in the NBA.
After earning his bachelor’s in political science and speech communication from the University of Central Missouri, Boyce landed an internship at the White House in 2002.
He accomplished his next goal in 2005 during a chance encounter with George W. Bush on the White House lawn. Boyce left such an impression on the former president that Bush offered him a job. He was hired as associate director in the Office of Political Affairs and accompanied the president on Air Force One.
Then in 2007, Boyce gave Joel Glass, vice president of communications for the Orlando Magic, a tour of the White House. Glass found Boyce knowledgeable and down-to-earth with a good sense of humor. “I sent an email to the vice president of human resources as we were leaving the White House saying we need to hire this kid,” said Glass.
A year later, Boyce accomplished his final goal. A position in community and multicultural relations opened up with the Magic, and Boyce got the job. His first day was July 25, 2008: the groundbreaking of the new Amway Center, home of the Orlando Magic.
This year, he published his autobiography, Living Proof: From Foster Care to the White House and the NBA. Ten percent of the book’s proceeds goes to the Orlando Magic Youth Foundation.