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The Orlando Magic Youth Foundation Named Pace Partner of the Year for its Support of the Local Nonprofit

ORLANDO, Fla. – The Orlando Magic Youth Foundation (OMYF) recently received the Pace Partner of the Year award at the nonprofit organization’s annual Believing in Girls breakfast this month. The award was given to a local organization that helped the Pace Center for Girls fulfill its mission over the past year and during the pandemic so they could continue to serve the community during some of the most difficult times the organization experienced.

Pace Center for Girls program is built on nine core principles to guide its work starting with the most central, Honor the Female Spirit. Pace provides girls and young women an opportunity for a better future through education, counseling, training and advocacy. Its vision is a world where all girls and young women have power, in a just and equitable society.

The OMYF has been a longtime supporter and partner of Pace Center for Girls, Orange providing $200,000 in grants since 2020 to help fund its programs that assist at-risk girls and young women in Orange County. Most recently, Pace received a $100,000 OMYF grant in 2021 to assist the organization with their academic programming for vulnerable middle and high school girls. The grant provided specialized curriculum and tutoring to meet their needs, tools to help overcome trauma induced learning disabilities, continuing teacher education training and dedicated academic advising in a safe and welcoming environment.

Founded in 1985, Pace Center for Girls has successfully grown to annually serve more than 3,000 girls in 22 locations in Florida and Georgia. Since inception, the program has helped over 40,000 girls transform their lives and is recognized as one of the nation’s leading advocates for girls in need.

Each year, the Orlando Magic gives more than $2 million to Central Florida by way of sponsorships of events, donated tickets, autographed merchandise and grants. At the heart of the Magic’s charitable efforts is the work done by the Orlando Magic Youth Foundation.

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 education, housing/homelessness, the arts and health programs focused on preventing childhood obesity.

The DeVos family’s investment in the OMYF covers all administrative costs which allows for 100 percent of all donations to go directly to the foundation to benefit children and families in need throughout Central Florida each year. The OMYF raises community dollars annually through donations, auctions and events such as the OMYF Open Golf Tournament and the Orlando Wine Festival & Auction.

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