April 7, 2017
ORLANDO – The Orlando Magic and Harris Corporation will honor emergency medical personnel, firefighters, police officers, sheriff’s deputies and corrections officers during First Responder Night on Saturday, April 8, when the Magic take on the Indiana Pacers.
In its third year, First Responder Night is a way for the Magic and Harris to thank those who keep communities safe and secure. Participating first responders receive tickets to the game and will be celebrated throughout the evening. The event also will include a special pregame reception for residents of the Florida Sheriff’s Youth Ranches and members of the C.O.P.S. (Concerns of Police Survivors) organization.
Halftime will feature an exhibition by the finalists of the Guns n’ Hoses basketball tournament, an event that takes place earlier in the day and pit teams from area first-responder agencies against one another. Harris will donate $5,000 and $2,500, respectively, to the first and second-place teams to award to the charities of their choice.
“The Orlando Magic celebrate and thank all of our first responders for their sacrifice and service,” said Magic CEO Alex Martins. “We join with our partner Harris in a night to honor each of these brave men and women who support and protect our community.”
“Harris is proud to join the Magic to celebrate America’s extraordinary first responders and pay tribute to the work they do in keeping our communities safe,” Harris Chairman, President and CEO Bill Brown said. The company provides advanced communications technology used by first responders around the country.
In addition, the Harris Hometown Hero will be recognized prior to Saturday’s tip-off. The Harris Hometown Hero program recognizes a Central Florida first responder or member of the military prior to each home Magic game (emergency medical, fire, police and military). The Hometown Hero first responder receives four Ultimate Seats with access to Fields Ultimate Lounge and is recognized at center court before tipoff.