Sept. 22, 2017
ORLANDO – The Magic Volunteer Program (MVP) contributed 7,078 hours of community service for the 2016-17 Magic season (July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017) surpassing the goal of 6,000 hours as an organization for the 11th straight year. More than 220 employees (full time, part time, interns, players and coaches) participated in numerous events throughout the year with a large focus on the Magic’s three areas of interest—education, hunger and health/wellness. The events included full staff food packing and distribution event with UnitedHealthcare benefiting Second Harvest Food Bank, Magic Fit Rally at Engelwood Elementary School, Magic basketball court refurbishments at local schools/community centers, Thanksgiving at the Coalition for the Homeless, Black Tie and Tennies Gala benefiting the Orlando Magic Youth Foundation (OMYF), OMYF Open charity golf tournament, Magic and Pepsi youth holiday shopping spree, Hoops for Hunger Love Pantry, Hoops for Troops service project and Habitat for Humanity, among others. This past season, the Magic had 33 staff members serve on a total of 56 different local boards including Habitat for Humanity, Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida and United Arts of Central Florida, to name a few.
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, 67,023 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. 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.
The Magic’s MVP efforts continued recently with the entire staff, players and coaches participating in Hurricane relief efforts on Tuesday assembling 35,000 food packs for Feeding Children Everywhere (photo included in link) and 1,800 hygiene packs for Clean the World.