ORLANDO – The Magic Volunteer Program (MVP) contributed 3,800 hours of community service for the 2021-22 season (July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022). More than 100 employees (full-time, part-time, interns, players and coaches) participated in numerous events throughout the year focusing on the Magic’s four areas of focus: raising children and youth, arts, health/wellness and homelessness. The entire staff contributed to multiple activities in the community including the OMYF Open Charity Golf Tournament, Thanksgiving to the Coalition for the Homeless, Magic Turkey Dinner Distribution, Magic and PepsiCo. the Holiday Youth Shopping Spree, the Orlando Wine Festival and Auction to benefit OMYF, the Hoops for Troops Service Project and Habitat for Humanity, among others. Last season, the Magic had 35 staff members serving on a total of 58 different local boards, including Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Florida, Orange County Public Schools Foundation, Orlando Shakes, to n’ to name a few.
“Continuing Orlando Magic’s core value of volunteerism and following the leadership of the DeVos family, community service has always been at the heart of Magic’s efforts,” said Magic CEO Alex Martins. “We are so grateful for the support we receive from our city, our fans and our partners and it is important for the Magic organization to show our gratitude by passing it on to the incredible community of Central Florida. We are also incredibly proud of our staff for their dedication to our great city and salute them for their generosity of time and treasures.”
The MVP was developed to encourage Orlando Magic employees to get out and get involved in the community. The program began in July 2006 with the goal of performing 2,000 hours of community service during the 2006-07 season; More than 3,800 hours were monitored this first year. Since the program’s inception, 89,998 hours of service in the Central Florida community have been completed.
The MVP is unique in that it allows employees to volunteer during working hours. As an added incentive, employees who achieve a certain level of volunteer hours in the community will be rewarded and will receive a monetary donation to a charity of their choice. Magic staff will distribute $5,000 to local charities of their choice. An annual award is also given to the Magic staff member who gives the most hours to the community.
Additionally, through MVP, employees are supported with community board placement, volunteer opportunities at all Magic-sponsored community events, OMYF-sponsored projects, and other organizations at nonprofit while pairing employees in a youth mentorship program.