While many professional athletic franchises engage in some sort of philanthropic endeavors, not all of them have a dedicated foundation aimed at just that one purpose. Of all the professional athletic franchises that have these foundations and engage in philanthropy, not many perform so well that they get public recognition. This week, the Orland Magic’s youth foundation achieved that goal when they ended up raising over $300,000 dollars for at-risk children in central Florida during their annual charity golf tournament. All donations from players and viewers were matched by 50 cents on the dollar by the McCormick Foundation, adding to the grand total.
The Annual OMYF Open was presented by J.P. Morgan Chase Bank and was held at the Villas of Grand Cyprus Resort in Orlando, Florida. The tournament and event were both well attended with more donors than last year — 205 individuals showed up this year to play golf with some of their favorite players from past Magic teams and to donate money to a great cause. After the golf competition, players and donors enjoyed an awards luncheon and an on-site Orlando Magic golf shop in which the proceeds went to charity.
Orlando Magic CEO Alex Martins said “It was a spectacular and very successful day…This is our most successful OMYF Open ever.”, just adding to how proud both the team and the charitable arm are in both the turnout and the amount of money raised. There were several former Magic players at the event including Greg Kite and Anthony Bowie, as well as current Community Ambassadors Nick Anderson and Bo Outlaw. With a success like this one, there will only be higher expectations for the next OMYF Open and there’s no doubt that the franchise is looking to surpass them both in terms of money raised as well as donor and player engagement.
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