Orlando Magic & Jewett Orthopaedic “Pay it Forward” for the Holiday Providing a BIG Surprise for One Local Family
By Josh Cohen
Dec. 23, 2016
ORLANDO — Exchanging gifts with family and friends during the holidays is always fun and never gets old. There’s typically that one present, though, that stands out from all the others.
For Avis Glover and her five children, Friday’s gift from the Orlando Magic may very well be the one that shines above the rest.
The Glover family were treated to a once-in-a-lifetime experience during the Magic’s win over the Los Angeles Lakers. As part of the Magic’s annual “Big Give” event, they were provided limousine transportation to and from the game, watched their favorite team and players from courtside seats, enjoyed a pregame dinner in the Fields Ultimate Lounge and were surprised with gifts on the court at halftime. The presents included:
Papa John’s provided pizza for a year
PepsiCo provided Aquafina water for a year
Disney theme park passes for the entire family
Dixon Ticonderoga provided backpacks and school supplies
Pan American Grain provided a year supply of Rico Rice product
Marriott Vacation Club provided a five day/four night stay at one of their locations
$5,000 check from Jewett Orthopaedic
40” Smart TV provided by CenturyLink
It was the eighth consecutive year the Magic selected a deserving family for this extraordinary event.
“I am so happy right now,” Avis Glover said. “It is wonderful. This is making our Christmas great.”
“It was an opportunity for us to to give a family a Christmas that they wouldn’t normally have the opportunity to have,” Magic CEO Alex Martins said. “Thanks to our great sponsors of the Orlando Magic and our ownership we were able to provide a family with a Christmas that hopefully they will remember forever.”
“Giving back to our community is one of our core values as an organization,” he added.
The surprise actually started weeks ago. The Magic and Habitat for Humanity presented the Glover family with keys to a new home on Oct. 19. This has helped the children stay focused on their academics and physical health. With two of the kids dealing with disabilities, Glover knows how imperative it is to provide them with as many positive resources as possible.
“It is helping me out a lot,” said Glover, who teamed up with her 19-year-old son Quavis to do 300 sweat equity hours for Habitat for Humanity to consider her family for a new home.
The Magic have been busy, as usual, during this holiday season. Last week Nikola Vucevic and Elfrid Payton teamed up with PepsiCo to take 100 children from the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Florida on a shopping spree at a local Walmart.
Payton will be back at it on Christmas Eve when he hosts underserved children and families at his Elf’s Toy Workshop Celebration. The holiday event will feature a sky slam basketball glow party, #SelfieswithElfie beat, food, toy and book giveaways and more. Serge Ibaka will also host a meal for homeless women and children at the Amway Center on Christmas Eve.
Dozens of kids will get to participate in a post-Christmas Jr. NBA Skills Challenge during the Magic’s game against the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday, Dec. 28 at Amway Center.
The Jr. NBA Skills Challenge provides boys and girls, ages 14 and younger, the opportunity to showcase their fitness through a dribbling, shooting and rebounding skills competition. The competition is free for all participants and organizations. All current Orlando Magic Youth Basketball Academy league and clinic partners, local YMCA branches and Jr. NBA registrants are eligible to participate in the local competition now through February 20, 2017.
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