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Magic Join Orlando Back to School Celebration

2014 August 1
by Adam Papageorgiou

August is upon us. That means school is right around the corner for the youth in Central Florida. The Orlando Magic and Amway are lending their resources to join the City of Orlando, Mayor Buddy Dyer and District 5 Commissioner Regina Hill in a Back to School celebration for students at the Callahan Neighborhood Center in Parramore that is located at 101 North Parramore Ave., Orlando, 32801 from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. on Saturday. More than 300 youth from the Parramore Kidz Zone (PKZ) and the District 5 community will be there.

The event is open to the public but there is a registration process at the venue for families. Local area residents will have the chance to participate in activities as well as arts and crafts provided by Dixon Ticonderoga. Former Magic player and Community Ambassador Bo Outlaw will be present. Folks can sign up for library cards, receive Magic and Amway giveaways and food on behalf of Commissioner Hill’s office. Pepsi will donate Aquafina water for the youth. At registration, guests will receive a voucher for one donated backpack filled with High Quality Ticonderoga writing and Prang art supplies, such as the World’s Best Ticonderoga #2 pencils, Prang art markers, Prang colored pencils, notebooks and more. Amway has also donated toothbrushes, travel size toothpaste and liquid hand soap.

“The Magic along with Amway is proud to take part in the City of Orlando and Commissioner Hill’s Back to School Celebration,” said Magic CEO Alex Martins. “The Magic believes in the power of education and understands the importance of providing all students with the resources necessary to be successful in school.  We hope this event gets the youth from PKZ and the District 5 community excited and ready for the upcoming school year.”

The Magic, Amway, and Orlando Foodservice Partners: Levy Restaurants & Lee Wesley will donate 1,100 additional supply-filled backpacks at a later date. The backpacks will benefit students currently enrolled at designated City of Orlando community centers and Orange County community gyms. Parramore is Orlando’s most impoverished area with 73 percent of children living in poverty. The Magic have made a social and financial commitment to the revitalization of the Parramore area and focuses many of its community efforts on the city’s west-side community and children from PKZ.


Below you’ll find the schedule of activities occurring at the August 2nd event.


10:15 a.m.

Activities/games begin…

Arts & crafts table



Dixon Ticonderoga trailer

Magic tent with giveaways

Amway tent with giveaways

Magic Kia car

Educational exhibits: Orange County Public Health, Second Harvest Food Bank, OCPS, Orlando Science Center, etc.


10:30 a.m.

Commissioner Hill, Mayor Dyer and Magic Assistant Director of Community Relations Latria Leak to address kids/residents


11:00 a.m.

Backpack distribution


12:00 p.m. 

Commissioner Hill food blessing and lunch




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

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