The MVP began in July of 2006 with the purpose of encouraging Magic employees to get involved in their community. The goal of MVP was to perform 2,000 hours of community service during the inaugural 2006-2007 basketball season; during that year, over 3,800 hours of community service were completed by Magic employees. During the 2010-2011 season, employees gave 7,772 hours of their time – 1,772 more than the team’s goal for the year. In all, MVP volunteers have served more than 30,000 hours in Central Florida communities.The program allows employees to volunteer during work hours, and employees who reach a certain number of hours of service in the community are honored during a special recognition ceremony, and also receive a monetary donation that they are able to donate to the charity of their choice.
Orlando Magic employees don’t know whether they’ll be employed this season, as NBA owners and players continue to meet in New York in hopes of hammering out an agreement that will allow for an NBA season. But this uncertainty hasn’t stopped the Magic from contributing in their community. The Magic began this season’s MVP on Sept. 9, and since that time, have visited 10 organizations.
A group of Magic front-office employees volunteered at Orlando’s BETA Center last week, a facility that provides a home, education, counseling and a safe environment for teenaged mothers and their children. “We are so thankful to have been supported by the [Magic] for a long time,” said Lisa Blackwelder, director of development of the BETA Center.
Magic volunteers spent time volunteering and reading with the children, baking cookies, and upgrading the facility by painting walls.
We thank the Magic for their continued support in their community and proudly award them with a Gold Star!
- For more information on the BETA Center, please visit: www.betacenter.org
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