Orlando Magic's Harris, Oladipo named co-winners of Rich & Helen Devos Community Enrichment Award

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Tobias Harris and Victor Oladipo have proven themselves to be winners on and off the court for the Orlando Magic this season.
 

ORLANDO, Fla. -- The Orlando Magic's Tobias Harris and Victor Oladipo were named co-winners of the 2014-2015 Rich & Helen DeVos Community Enrichment Award for their efforts in helping with $1 million distributed to 21 Central Florida non-profit organizations in February.

The two Magic players were recognized at the 25th annual Orlando Magic Youth Foundation Black Tie & Tennies Gala presented by Levy Restaurants, which was held Saturday at the Amway Center. Harris has won the award for the second consecutive year while this is the first time for Oladipo.

Each year at the Gala, the OMYF honors a player who has dedicated his efforts off the court for the purpose of enhancing other's lives. A panel of representatives selects the player.

In addition to receiving the award, Harris and Oladipo each will be granted $50,000 each from the Richard and Helen DeVos Foundation to donate to the charity of their choice. Harris and Oladipo have consistently volunteered their time off the court and to the Central Florida community supporting the initiatives of the Magic's community relations department, the Orlando Magic Youth Foundation and the NBA, Orlando Magic spokeswoman Trish Wingerson said.

In addition to receiving the award, Harris and Oladipo each will be granted $50,000 each from the Richard and Helen DeVos Foundation to donate to the charity of their choice. Harris and Oladipo have consistently volunteered their time off the court and to the Central Florida community supporting the initiatives of the Magic's community relations department, the Orlando Magic Youth Foundation and the NBA, Orlando Magic spokeswoman Trish Wingerson said.

Highlights of Harris' community involvement for the 2014-1'5 season:

Tobias Harris of the Orlando Magic / Headline Surfer®* Participated in the Share the Magic Ticket program by providing tickets to youth;
* MBK Youth Male Summit Sponsor;
* Big Brothers Big Sisters Disney visit;
* Turkey giveaway at Rosemont Community Center;
* Team holiday party for underprivileged youth and families;
* Magic Noche Latina court refurbishment unveil and mini basketball clinic with youth from Engelwood Elementary;
* Established mentoring program at Nap Ford Community School in Parramore & Howard Middle School;
* Sponsored three families with Christmas gifts for holidays;
* Sponsored Thanksgiving meals for families at Bannerman School in Jacksonville;
* Spent time with high school mentors from the Bannerman School.
 

Highlights of Oladipo's community involvement for the 2014-'15 season:

Orlando Magic's Victor Oladipo / Headline Surfer®* Participated in the Share the Magic Ticket program by providing tickets to youth;
* New Image Youth Center (Parramore Kidz Zone youth) equipment replacement;
* MBK Youth Male Summit Sponsor;
* Hoops for Troops service project;
* Big Brothers Big Sisters Disney visit;
* Seats for Soldiers reception;
* Pepsi Holiday Shopping Spree with Boys and Girls Club youth;
* Team holiday party for underprivileged youth and families;
* Dunk Cancer/All-Star Slam Dunk check presentations;
* Magic full staff community service project benefiting Second Harvest Food Bank;
* Florida Hospital visit - Tom Joyner Family Reunion;
* Charity appearance/fundraiser supporting the Team Takeover Mentoring Program for youth.
 

Past winners:

Past winners of the award include Nick Anderson (1995-1996), Penny Hardaway (1996-1997), Darrell Armstrong (1997-1998, 1999-2000), Grant Hill (2000-2001), Monty Williams (2001-2002), Tracy McGrady (2002-2003), Pat Garrity (2003-2004), Bo Outlaw (1998-1999, 2005-2006, 2006-2007), Dwight Howard (2004-05, 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12), J.J. Redick (2011-12), Jameer Nelson (2012-13) and Tobias Harris (2013-14).

Beneficiaries:

Earlier this year, the Orlando Magic Youth Fund, a McCormick Foundation Fund presented checks totaling $1 million to 21 grantee organizations.

The organizations are also being recognized during various home games throughout the season. The OMYF is committed to helping children in Central Florida realize their full potential, especially those most at-risk, by supporting nonprofit organizations offering youth based programs in the areas of youth education, housing/homelessness, and health and wellness programs that promote healthy living practices for at-risk children and families.

For more information, please visit www.omyf.org.

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. The Magic have seen great success in a relatively short history, winning five division championships (1995, 1996, 2008, 2009, 2010) with seven 50-plus win seasons & capturing 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 25 years more than $19.8 million has been distributed to local nonprofit community organizations through the Orlando Magic Youth Foundation and the Orlando Magic Youth Fund, a McCormick Foundation Fund (OMYF-MFF) since 1994, which serves at-risk youth. Ticket highlights for the Magic's 2014-15 season in the Amway Center, honored with TheStadiumBusiness Awards' 2013 Customer Experience Award and named SportsBusiness Journal's 2012 Sports Facility of the Year, 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 OrlandoMagic.com or call 407-89-MAGIC.
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