Pay It Forward-The Orlando Times
Orlando Magic “Pay It Forward” For The Holiday Providing A BIG Surprise For One Local Family
-The Magic surprised one family for a ‘Big Give’ at the Dec. 23 Los Angeles Lakers matchup-
PHOTO CAPTION: Orlando Magic Chairman Dan DeVos, Magic CEO Alex Martins, STUFF the Magic Mascot, Magic Dancers and Magic Community Ambassador Bo Outlaw surprised the Glover family (Avis with her children, Quavis, Jahquon, Jahdaisha, Jahresa, & Dameon) with gifts for the holiday. Magic partners Walt Disney World Resort, Papa John’s, PepsiCo, Jewett Orthopaedic, Dixon Ticonderoga, Pan American Grain, Marriott Vacation Club and CenturyLink joined in to help make the night extra special. Photo taken by Gary Bassing, Orlando Magic.
ORLANDO – As part of NBA Cares Season of Giving, the Orlando Magic celebrated Christmas in a BIG way surprising Avis Glover and her family during the Magic vs. Lakers matchup on December 23. The Magic were joined by Walt Disney World Resort, Papa John’s, PepsiCo, Jewett Orthopaedic, Dixon Ticonderoga, Pan American Grain, Marriott Vacation Club and CenturyLink to shower the family of six with gifts and other items to assist them through difficult times. This is the eighth consecutive season the Magic have hosted one family around the holidays for “The Big Give.”
The Glover family were invited to the game as the Magic “family of the night.” At halftime the revelation occurred, they were given toys, games, home goods, a tablet, a Play Station 4 video game console; Papa John’s provided pizza for a year; PepsiCo provided Aquafina water for an entire year; Disney surprised the entire family with theme park passes to enjoy at all four Disney theme parks; Dixon Ticonderoga provided backpacks and school supplies; Pan American Grain provided a year supply of Rico Rice product; Marriott Vacation Club provided a five day/four night stay at one of their locations; a $5,000 check from Jewett Orthopaedic; and a 40” Smart TV provided by CenturyLink.
The entire day was an experience to remember: the family rode in limo service to and from the game and they cheered on the Magic from courtside seats after enjoying dinner in the Fields Ultimate Lounge.
Their surprise began back on October 19 when the Magic and Habitat for Humanity presented the family with keys to a new home. Magic Community Ambassadors Nick Anderson and Bo Outlaw and STUFF the Magic Mascot were there to greet them as well and present them with the tickets to the December 23 game as the “family of the night.”
Rodriguez Family Bio: Mom: Avis Glover; Children: Quavis, age 19, Jahquon, age 16, Jahdaisha, age 16, Jahresa, age 14, & Dameon, age 4
Avis, a single mom, has five children, three sons and two daughters. She has two children living with disabilities, one has Asperger Syndrome and another has severe asthma. As a family, they love spending time outdoors and love both playing and watching basketball. Prior to their new home they lived in a small home that was overcrowded with their large family.