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Magic Dish Out Coalition for the Homeless Thanksgiving Assistance

2012 November 23
by Adam Papageorgiou

(left to right) Orlando Magic VP of Community Relations and Government Affairs Linda Landman Gonzalez, Magic Head Coach Jacque Vaughn, Magic Senior Vice President Pat Williams, Magic CEO Alex Martins, Martins’ daughters (front), Magic player Maurice Harkless, Magic player Jameer Nelson and Nelson’s son all spent time serving food and visiting with residents at the Coalition for the Homeless on Thanksgiving morning. Photo taken by Gary Bassing

Thursday marked the 20th straight year that Magic players, coaches, and staff provided the Orlando community with their volunteer services at the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida. Team members such as Jameer Nelson, Maurice Harkless, and Glen Davis happily dished out Thanksgiving breakfast as well as helping to host a carnival for the children. More than 800 people enjoyed breakfast, had some fun playing games, and got to take pictures with Coach Jacque Vaughn and company.

Magic CEO Alex Martins: “To give up part of our mornings on Thanksgiving is nothing compared to what a lot of these people are going through. Not being able to go home like the rest of us and have Thanksgiving dinner with their families has to be difficult. It’s just a small contribution to give back to a community that has given so much to us. We just want to make this morning a little brighter for those who are homeless.”

No word yet on whether Big Baby was feeling any ill effects from tearing into some dry turkey leg on Wednesday night. Andrew Nicholson got a taste of some victory bird as well after the Detroit win, and he seemed thrilled to have the chance to celebrate Thanksgiving more than once.

Orlando Magic’s Glen Davis serving meals at the Coalition for the Homeless on Thanksgiving morning. Photo taken by Gary Bassing.

Orlando Magic’s Jameer Nelson (right) and Maurice Harkless (left) serving meals at the Coalition for the Homeless. The Magic and Coalition for the Homeless hosted its 20th annual Thanksgiving breakfast for more than 800 men, women and children at the facility. The breakfast was sponsored by Magic Head Coach Jacque Vaughn. Photo taken by Gary Bassing.

Adam Papageorgiou runs Orlando Magic Greek and is a proud MBO contributor. 


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