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Orlando Rolls Out First MAGIC FIT Program

2014 July 22
by Adam Papageorgiou

 

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On July 24th from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the RDV Sportsplex in Maitland, Orlando Magic rookies Elfrid Payton and Aaron Gordon will be part of the very first MAGIC FIT Draft Combine to promote health and wellness among the youth of Central Florida. Also joining the rookies will be Magic Community Ambassadors Nick Anderson and Bo Outlaw as well as Magic trainers. This special NBA/WNBA FIT program is the franchise’s first that they’re hosting, as about 200 youth from local community centers (Jackson, Callahan, Rosemont, and Smith) will be attending.

The mission statement of the NBA/WNBA FIT program is pretty straightforward:

NBA/WNBA FIT is the league’s comprehensive health and wellness program that encourages physical activity and healthy living for children and families through programs, events, and products.
The NBA/WNBA FIT nationwide network includes more than 1,200 organizations committed to bringing NBA/WNBA FIT programs and events to more than 2.5 million children, adults, and families. Network members include YMCAs, the National Recreation & Park Association, Police Athletic Leagues, Boys & Girls Clubs, Jewish Community Centers and community organizations globally.

Team-up with the NBA Family to BE ACTIVE, EAT HEALTHY and PLAY TOGETHER!

On Thursday, the 200 children will be broken up into 6 rotating stations for a variety of physical fitness challenges and basketball drills led by the players and training staff. The youth will also learn about different foods and making good food choices.

“The Magic are excited to get this program started for the youth in our community,” said Magic CEO Alex Martins.  “Physical fitness and obesity are a large problem among today’s youth.  We hope MAGIC FIT will make staying active and eating right a common practice among our children, while continuing to give the youth of our community the opportunity to participate in the game of basketball. Together we can use the game of basketball to point our youth towards a healthier future.”

 

Adam Papageorgiou is Owner/Editor of MBO and Founder of Orlando Magic Greek