Orlando Magic Employees Contribute Nearly 4,000 Community Service Hours to Central Florida in 2021-22

ORLANDO - The Magic Volunteer Program (MVP) contributed 3,800 hours of community service for the 2021-22 (July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022) season. More than 100 employees (full time, part time, interns, players and coaches) participated in numerous events throughout the year with a large focus on the Magic’s four areas of interest—child and youth education, the arts, health/wellness and homelessness. The full staff contributed to multiple activities in the community including OMYF Open charity golf tournament, Thanksgiving at the Coalition for the Homeless, Magic turkey dinner distribution, Magic and PepsiCo. youth holiday shopping spree, Orlando Wine Festival & Auction benefiting the OMYF, Hoops for Troops service project and Habitat for Humanity, among others. This past season, the Magic had 35 staff members serve on a total of 58 different local boards including Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida, Foundation for Orange County Public Schools, Orlando Shakes, to name a few.

"In continuing with the Orlando Magic's core value of volunteerism and following the DeVos family's leadership, community work has always been at the heart of the Magic's efforts," said Magic CEO Alex Martins. "We are so grateful for the support we receive from our city, fans and partners and it's important to the Magic organization to show our gratitude by paying it forward to the amazing Central Florida community. We are also incredibly proud of our staff for their dedication to our great city and salute them for their generosity of time and treasure." 

The MVP was developed to encourage Orlando Magic employees to get out and get involved in the community. The program began in July of 2006 with the goal of performing 2,000 hours of community service during the 2006-07 season; 3,800+ hours were tracked that first year. Since program inception, 89,998 service hours in the Central Florida community have been tracked.   

The MVP is unique in that it allows employees to volunteer during work hours. As an added incentive, employees who reach a certain level of volunteer hours in the community will be rewarded and receive a monetary donation to a charity of their choice. Magic staff will distribute $5,000 to local charities of their choice. There is also an annual award given to the Magic staff member who contributes the most hours in the community.  

In addition, through the MVP, employees are assisted with board placement in the community, opportunities to volunteer at all Magic-sponsored community events, OMYF sponsored projects and other nonprofit organizations while matching employees in a youth mentoring program.