By Josh Cohen
Dec. 10, 2015
ORLANDO – As the Orlando Magic continue to make strides on the court, they are also having a significant impact off the court.
The Orlando Magic Youth Foundation (OMYF) hosted its 25th Annual OMYF Open presented by Chase on Thurs., Dec. 10. The OMYF, a McCormick Foundation Fund (OMYF-MFF), raised $300,000 at its annual charity golf tournament for at-risk children in Central Florida. More than 205 people participated in the golf competition at the Villas of Grand Cypress Resort to help support OMYF’s goal of improving children’s lives.
“Being able to give back and help our community is one of our core values,” Magic CEO Alex Martins said. “Our mission is to be world champions on and off the court and this is the off the court piece.”
“It was a spectacular and very successful day,” he added. “This is our most successful OMYF Open ever.”
The Orlando Magic Youth Foundation’s objective is to help kids realize their full potential. They provide nonprofit organizations with the tools necessary to assist kids in all aspects of life, including education, safety and health.
On hand at Thursday’s event to play golf and give back were several former Magic players, including current Community Ambassadors Nick Anderson and Bo Outlaw along with Greg Kite and Anthony Bowie.
The turnout overall was terrific. This year’s OMYF Open had more participants than any prior year and through the OMYF-MFF the $300,000 net revenue raised with the match was more money than ever before. All donations were matched by 50 cents on the dollar by the McCormick Foundation.
Participants also enjoyed an awards luncheon after golfing and had an opportunity to purchase gifts at an on-site Magic golf shop.
“It is an extraordinary feeling to be part of the DeVos Family who are philanthropic,” said Magic Vice President of Philanthropy and Multicultural Insights Linda Landman Gonzalez. “Our CEO (Alex Martins) says this is probably the best part of our jobs on how we impact our community. It’s wonderful to be part of the Orlando Magic, who really are world champions on and off the court.”
Over the last 26 years, nearly $20 million has been distributed to local nonprofit community organizations through the OMYF. In January, the OMYF will present 19 different local organizations with checks to support their programs and initiatives. And in March, they will host the annual Black Tie and Tennies Gala at Amway Center, which, similar to the golf tournament, allows people to donate and help at-risk children live healthier lives.