The Orlando Magic received the highest community honor last Friday, being named to the Orlando Sentinel’s Top 100 Companies for Working Families. Complete details are below:
(Via the Orlando Magic) – Orlando, FL. (August 6, 2012) - The Orlando Magic has been named to the Orlando Sentinel’s Top 100 Companies for Working Families and received the highest community honor taking home the Community Service Champion Award on Friday, August 3 at the Top 100 Awards Luncheon at the Royal Pacific Resort. The Top 100 recognizes Central Florida companies that strive to make a difference in the lives of families. Winners were revealed in the Top 100 Special Section distributed by the Orlando Sentinel and online on Sunday, August 5.
In addition, judges gave out specialty awards including two Corporate Champion Awards, the Cutting Edge Award, the Family Champion Award, the Employees’ Choice Award and Community Service Champion Award. The Orlando Magic received the Community Service Champion Award.
“The Magic is thrilled and honored to receive recognition in both areas,” said Orlando Magic CEO Alex Martins. “Our ownership group, the DeVos family, has always encouraged our staff to volunteer, even during work hours. It is through that encouragement that the Magic Volunteer Program (MVP) was born. It is because of the DeVos’ commitment to both family and the community that our culture has endured. This award is a testament to them and their values.”
In July 2006, the Magic implemented the Magic Volunteer Program (MVP). The MVP was developed to encourage Orlando Magic employees to get out and get involved in the community. The program began with the goal of performing 2,000 hours of community service during the 2006-07 season; over 3,800 hours were tracked that first year. Since program inception more than 30,000 hours in the Central Florida community have been tracked.
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 honored during a special recognition ceremony and receive a monetary donation for the charity of their choice.
About the Orlando Magic
Orlando’s NBA franchise since 1989, the Magic’s mission is to be world champions on and off the court, delivering legendary moments every step of the way. On the court, Orlando has won five division championships (1995, 1996, 2008, 2009, 2010), had seven 50-plus win seasons, and won the Eastern Conference title in 1995 and 2009. Off the court, on an annual basis, the Orlando Magic gives more than $2 million to the local community by way of sponsorships of events, donated tickets, autographed merchandise, scholarships and grants. Orlando Magic community relations programs impact an estimated 75,000 kids each year, while a Magic staff-wide initiative provides more than 6,000 volunteer hours annually. In addition, over the last 22 years more than $17 million has been distributed to local non-profit community organizations via the Orlando Magic Youth Fund (OMYF-MFF), a McCormick Foundation Fund since 1994, which serves at-risk youth. Ticket highlights for the 2011-12 season in the Amway Center include: 2,500 seats priced $20 or less, 8,000 seats priced $40 or less and 9,000 seats priced $50 or under. For ticket information log on to www.orlandomagic.com or call 407-89-MAGIC.
Through the National Basketball Association’s NBA Cares program, the league, players and teams have donated more than $145 million to charity, provided more than 1.4 million hours of hands-on service to communities around the world, and created more than 525 places where kids and families can live, learn, or play. The NBA is broadcast in 215 countries and territories in 41 languages.