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The Orlando Magic Honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with Week-Long Volunteerism Beginning Monday

Magic staff to volunteer at 16 different Central Florida nonprofits/events over a five-day period; Week to conclude with an in-game celebration of Dr. King’s life and legacy.

The Orlando Magic honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., his life and legacy, with 16 different volunteer opportunities starting on Mon., Jan. 16 and will conclude the week with an in-game celebration when the Magic host the New Orleans Pelicans on Fri., Jan. 20. As part of the Magic's Volunteer Program (MVP), the team will participate in the 16 different volunteer opportunities for its staff to honor Dr. King's legacy through volunteerism.

The Magic’s approximately 275 staff members will be volunteering at the following organizations/events throughout the week:

Monday, January 16: 

  • Christian Services Center – beautification project
  • Pathlight HOME – beautification project
  • Ronald McDonald House Charities – baking

Tuesday, January 17:

  • Harbor House – bulletin board decorating
  • United Against Poverty – grocery sorting
  • Second Harvest Food Bank – food sorting
  • Mustard Seed of Central Florida – mattress and donation sorting
  • Salvation Army – meal prep and service

Wednesday, January 18:

  • Clean the World – soap sorting
  • Pet Alliance – car/vehicle washing
  • Quest Camp Thunderbird – beautification 

Thursday, January 19:

  • Habitat for Humanity – home build
  • Center for Independent Living – beautification 
  • A Gift for Teaching – donation sorting
  • Boys and Girls Club – mural painting

Friday, January 20:

  • Magic of Mentoring Minority Youth Summit – youth to receive day-long enrichment seminar leading up to the Magic game as part of the Magic’s mentorship program

Rounding out the week-long celebration will be in-game activities on Fri., Jan. 20 when the Magic host the Pelicans**. In-game festivities to include:

  • Pregame crowd address from Magic player
  • Magic players wearing a custom Nike Martin Luther King Jr. day on-court warm-up T-shirt. The T-shirt was designed in collaboration with the MLK Foundation, Martin Luther King III and the NBPA
  • The Magic to honor City of Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer’s MLK Youth Humanitarians and the Mayor’s MLK Commission members
  • The Magic Diversity Game Changers special recognition honoring Archbishop Allen Wiggins
  • Interactive MLK Trivia on Magic Vision Mobile
  • The Magic will recognize and honor the many accomplishments and contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through remembrance videos featuring Orlando Magic players.

The night will feature the Magic Diversity Game Changer honoree. As part of the Magic's continuing equality efforts, alongside Champions of the Community partner Florida Blue, each game the Magic honor one local leader who has made a difference in the realm of social justice. The Magic and Florida Blue are committed to fostering equality and justice throughout Central Florida. This program spotlights community members who are continuously doing the hard work, day in and day out, fighting for sustainable change.

The Jan. 20 in-game Diversity Game Changer honoree is Archbishop Allen Wiggins, Senior Pastor of The Hope Church and Hope Center West. Archbishop Wiggins has a heart for the underserved and disenfranchised communities. His passion and pursuits for change have resulted in the creation of safe and affordable housing, economic development, and enhanced educational offerings for inner-city children. His achievements have inspired leaders around the globe to hold fast to their personal vision. 

The Magic will also recognize Mayor Dyer’s MLK Youth Humanitarian award winners at halftime of the game. In addition, the Magic will host them in a suite for the game. The winners are Orange County middle and high school students selected by school officials for exemplifying the ideals embraced by Dr. King. The mission for the Orlando Mayor's MLK Commission is to strengthen the Orlando community by promoting Dr. King's legacy of service, equality, justice, peace, respect and inclusion for all. For more than three decades, the MLK Commission has joined with corporate and community partners to plan and promote a variety of programs and events that celebrate his life and legacy. The Commission is a partnership and represents a cross-section of civic leaders from the private, public and non-profit sectors.

The Magic celebrate diversity and embrace its many characteristics and the value it brings to both business and community—understanding what can be accomplished when everyone works together to achieve legendary moments. The Magic are committed to creating an environment in which employees, community partners and fans feel welcome, valued and appreciated. Fans can join the MLK Night celebration on Fri., Jan. 20 by visiting OrlandoMagic.com.

**Media interested in attending the game to cover MLK Night on Jan. 20, must submit a credential request 48 hours prior to the game to MagicCredentials@orlandomagic.com.