Orlando Magic owners announce $3M in community grants

NBA team Chairman Dan Devos helds news conference Tuesday morning

The court is viewed before an NBA basketball game between the Orlando Magic and the Los Angeles Clippers, Friday, Jan. 29, 2021, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack) (Phelan M. Ebenhack, Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

ORLANDO, Fla. – The Orlando Magic on Tuesday announced that it will be awarding 30 grants to organizations in the Central Florida community over the next 18 months.

Orlando Magic Chairman Dan DeVos made the announcement during a Zoom conference call. The announcement coincides with the 30 year anniversary of the DeVos family taking over ownership of the NBA team.

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“In celebration of the 30 years that we’ve had together as a family and as a community... we’re announcing 30 grants (to 30 organizations) in recognition of the 30 years,” DeVos said. “And for the total amount of (the) grants that will be awarded — over the next 18 months or so — and announced is a $3 million total.”

DeVos announced that the first grantee will be the Orlando Magic Youth Foundation.

“We think this is a good way to sort of supercharge the activity and the initiative so that... they can then take that contribution that we make to them and then spread out even more organizations,” he said.

DeVos said the Magic has already identified many of the nonprofits that will receive these grants but said the organization is still working to “finalize” the 29 groups that will be grantees.

“We still understand that more help is needed and so that’s why we want to work with (these nonprofits) and come alongside with them as we’ve been saying to help them even do more good,” he said.