Orlando Magic and Harris Corporation to Host First Responders Night on Saturday
Celebration to include a special pregame reception for Florida Sheriff’s Youth Ranches residents and Concerns of Police Survivors group
The Orlando Magic and Harris Corporation will honor emergency medical personnel, firefighters, police officers, sheriff’s deputies and corrections officers during First Responder Night on Saturday, March 24, when the Magic take on the Phoenix Suns.
In its fifth year, First Responder Night is a way for the Magic and Harris to thank those who keep communities safe and secure. Participating first responders receive tickets to the game and will be celebrated throughout the evening. The event also will include a special pregame reception for residents of the Florida Sheriff’s Youth Ranches and members of the C.O.P.S. (Concerns of Police Survivors) organization.
Halftime will feature an exhibition by the finalists of the Guns n’ Hoses basketball tournament, an event that takes place earlier in the day and pit teams from area first-responder agencies against one another. Harris will donate $5,000 and $2,500, respectively, to the first and second-place teams to award to the charities of their choice.
“The Orlando Magic celebrate and thank all of our first responders for their sacrifice and service,” said Magic CEO Alex Martins. “We join with our partner Harris in a night to honor each of these brave men and women who support and protect our community.”
“The work done by first responders around the country is extraordinary, and it’s an honor for Harris to join the Magic once again to thank these heroes and celebrate all they do to keep our communities safe,” Harris Chairman, President and CEO Bill Brown said. The company provides advanced communications technology used by first responders around the country.
In addition, the Harris Hometown Hero will be recognized prior to Saturday’s tip-off. The Harris Hometown Hero program recognizes a Central Florida first responder or member of the military prior to each home Magic game (emergency medical, fire, police and military). The Hometown Hero first responder receives four Ultimate Seats with access to Fields Ultimate Lounge and is recognized at center court before tipoff.
About Harris Corporation
Harris Corporation is a leading technology innovator, solving customers’ toughest mission-critical challenges by providing solutions that connect, inform and protect. Harris supports government and commercial customers in more than 100 countries and has approximately $6 billion in annual revenue. The company is organized into three business segments: Communication Systems, Electronic Systems and Space and Intelligence Systems. Learn more at harris.com.
About The Orlando Magic
Orlando's NBA franchise since 1989, the Magic's mission is to be world champions on and off the court, delivering legendary moments every step of the way. The Magic have seen great success in a relatively short history, winning five division championships (1995, 1996, 2008, 2009, 2010) with seven 50-plus win seasons and capturing the Eastern Conference title in 1995 and 2009. Off the court, on an annual basis, the Orlando Magic gives more than $2 million to the local community by way of sponsorships of events, donated tickets, autographed merchandise and grants. Orlando Magic community relations programs impact an estimated 100,000 kids each year, while a Magic staff-wide initiative provides more than 7,000 volunteer hours annually. In addition, the Orlando Magic Youth Foundation (OMYF) which serves at-risk youth, has distributed more than $22 million to local nonprofit community organizations over the last 27 years. The Magic’s other entities include the team’s newly acquired NBA G League affiliate, the Lakeland Magic, which begins play in the 2017-18 season in nearby Lakeland, Fla.; the Orlando Solar Bears of the ECHL, which serves as the affiliate to the Toronto Maple Leafs of the NHL and the Toronto Marlies of the AHL; and will compete in the inaugural season of the NBA 2K esports league in 2018. Ticket highlights for the Magic's 2017-18 season in the award-winning Amway Center, honored with TheStadiumBusiness Awards’ 2013 Customer Experience Award and named SportsBusiness Journal's 2012 Sports Facility of the Year, include: 2,500 seats priced $20 or less, 8,000 seats priced $40 or less and 9,000 seats priced $50 or under. For ticket information log on to www.orlandomagic.com or call 407-89-MAGIC.
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