ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN SPORTS) – Source: Orlando Magic // The Orlando Magic, through the Magic Volunteer Program (MVP) and in partnership with Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commission, will participate in the City of Orlando’s Great Day of Service to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, January 20 from 8:30 a.m. – noon at Callahan Neighborhood Center (101 N. Parramore Ave., Orlando, 32801)*. Magic staff members along with Magic Community Ambassador Bo Outlaw will join approximately 200 volunteers in a beautification project which includes painting and landscaping within the Parramore community.
The Magic will work in concert with millions of other Americans across the country to honor Dr. King’s legacy by taking part in service projects throughout the weekend and on Monday. The Magic will also honor Dr. King on Wed., Jan. 22 during the Magic’s matchup with the Oklahoma City Thunder at Amway Center. Activities during the night will include in-game presentations, honoring the MLK Commission members and Youth Humanitarians along with videoboard messages and other historical facts throughout the night.
The City of Orlando Mayor’s MLK Commission is a volunteer organization, which includes business and community representatives appointed by the Mayor to raise funds and coordinate citywide events that promote the celebration of Dr. King’s legacy of service, equality, justice, freedom, peace and harmony for all races and cultures in Greater Orlando.
The Magic’s volunteer program (MVP) was developed to encourage Orlando Magic employees to get out and get involved in the community. The program began in July of 2006 and since inception, more than 80,000 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.