Orlando, Fla. – The Orlando Magic will team up with the WNBA, NBA and Orange County Parks and Recreation to inspire girls to play basketball through the Orlando Magic Youth Basketball Academy’s Her Time To Play all-girls youth clinic on Saturday, September 14, from 10:15 a.m. – 2:15 p.m. at the South Econ Rec Center (3850 S. Econlockhatchee Trail, Orlando, 32829). The clinic will feature 100 girls, ages 7-14; special guest, NBA TV host/TNT sideline reporter Kristen Ledlow; along with Magic Community Ambassadors Nick Anderson and Bo Outlaw; and Magic in-game host Cori Yarckin. Participants were invited from community and youth partners throughout Central Florida.
The Magic will also be giving away its 30,000th Magic basketball in the community with the goal of distributing 100,000 Magic basketballs to the youth of Central Florida through various clinics and community events by 2021-22.
“As a father of two young girls, I am personally thrilled for the Orlando Magic to join this initiative for our local youth and specifically young girls,” said Magic CEO Alex Martins. “The Magic endeavor to inspire that next generation and open their eyes to the opportunities that exist in ways that they may have never realized. Sports can teach youth confidence, leadership, character and teamwork. All children, male and female, should have access to develop those important life skills in a fun and positive way.”
Her Time To Play is a national grassroots initiative created by the WNBA and NBA to inspire the next generation of girls, ages 7-14, to play basketball in a positive and healthy way. However, twice as many girls compared to boys drop out of sports by the age of 14 (Women’s Sports Foundation), which can be attributed to societal barriers that are primarily faced by girls.
It is also important for young girls to have female mentors in sports, their local communities and everyday lives, but only 28 percent of youth sports coaches are women (The Aspen Institute). Her Time To Play aims to increase opportunities for women in coaching and athletic leadership across the youth sports landscape.
The Magic’s clinic will feature skills and drills stations with expert instruction by The National Basketball Academy coaches along with a Q&A with Ledlow. Youth will also each receive a Magic youth basketball and other goodies as well as lunch courtesy of Papa John’s Pizza.
As part of the Magic’s continuing commitment to the youth of Central Florida, the team unveiled the Orlando Magic Youth Basketball Academy in 2016. The Magic Academy focuses on teaching life skills to youth through the game of basketball. Through the Magic Academy, youth will learn the game of basketball along with the importance of teamwork, sportsmanship, leadership and health and wellness to accomplish their goals.
WHEN: Sat., Sept. 14, 2019
10:15 – 12:45 p.m. Clinic
12:45 – 1:45 p.m. Lunch
1:45 – 2:15 p.m. Q&A with Kristen Ledlow
2:15 p.m. 30,000th basketball presentation
WHO: 100 girls ages 7-14, NBA TV host/TNT sideline reporter Kristen Ledlow, Magic Community Ambassadors Nick Anderson and Bo Outlaw, The National Basketball Academy coaching staff, Magic in-game host Cori Yarckin
WHERE: South Econ Rec Center (3850 S. Econlockhatchee Trail, Orlando, 32829)