ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN Sports) — The Orlando Magic Youth Foundation (OMYF) hosted its 25th Annual OMYF Open presented by Chase Thursday, December 10 at Villas of Grand Cypress Resort in Orlando. The OMYF, a McCormick Foundation Fund (OMYF-MFF), made history with this year’s charity golf tournament for at-risk children in Central Florida, raising $300,000. More than 205 people participated in the golf competition, OMYF Open’s highest ever turnout, to help support OMYF’s goal of improving the lives of Central Florida youth. All donations made were matched by 50 cents on the dollar by the McCormick Foundation.
“Being able to give back and help our community is one of our core values,” Magic CEO Alex Martins said. “Our mission is to be world champions on and off the court and this is the off the court piece.”
“It was a spectacular and very successful day,” he added. “This is our most successful OMYF Open ever.”
The Orlando Magic Youth Foundation helps kids realize their full potential by providing nonprofit organizations with the tools necessary to assist kids in all aspects of life, including education, safety, and health.
On hand at Thursday’s event to play golf and give back were several former Magic players, including current Community Ambassadors Nick Anderson and Bo Outlaw along with Greg Kite and Anthony Bowie. Former Senator Mel Martinez was also on hand and played alongside Martins.
Participants enjoyed an awards luncheon after golfing and a “Shopping Experience” in which they could purchase gifts at an on-site Magic golf shop.
“It is an extraordinary feeling to be part of the DeVos Family who are philanthropic,” said Magic Vice President of Philanthropy and Multicultural Insights and OMYF President Linda Landman Gonzalez. “Our CEO [Alex Martins] says this is probably the best part of our jobs on how we impact our community. It’s wonderful to be part of the Orlando Magic, who really are world champions on and off the court.”
Over the last twenty-six years, nearly $20 million has been distributed to local nonprofit community organizations through the OMYF. In 2015, OMYF donated $1 million to nonprofit organizations across Central Florida. In January 2016, the OMYF will present nineteen different local organizations with checks to support their programs and initiatives, and in March will host the annual Black Tie and Tennies Gala at Amway Center, which, like the golf tournament, allows people to donate and help improve the lives of at-risk children.