Photo by Gary Bassing
Via the Orlando Magic:
Orlando City Commissioner Patty Sheehan has always believed in providing countless opportunities for underprivileged youth in her district, recently the Orlando Magic helped turn her beliefs into a reality. On Wednesday, March 2 the Magic unveiled a new state-of-the-art Reading and Learning Center for youth at the Colonialtown Neighborhood Center. The newly renovated Orlando Magic Reading and Learning Center presented by Kia Motors features a computer lab with new desks, reading books and book shelves, along with arts and crafts materials for after-school projects. Children from the center were also surprised with a game room equipped with two flat screen TVs, Wii console, a pool table, and much more.
Orlando Magic leadership including Magic President Alex Martins, representatives from Kia Motors and Turner Construction as well as Mayor Dyer and Commissioner Sheehan eyes grew large in excitement as they watched the kids play in their new home.
“Our goal is to create a friendly and safe environment where our community’s youth can take advantage of every opportunity to excel academically and socially. Our corporate partners, Kia Motors and Turner Construction, helped us reach that goal, ” said Linda Landman Gonzalez, vice president of community and government affairs.
The renovation reflects the Magic’s commitment to the advancement of literacy in Orlando, one of the organization’s three charitable focus areas, along with health/wellness and the arts.
The Magic previously renovated the Nap Ford Community School computer lab; Northwest Community Center Reading and Learning Center; Jackson Community Center computer lab presented by Hunt; Hi-Tech Tutoring Reading and Learning Center, Pine Hills Reading and Learning Center, Dr. James R. Smith Neighborhood Center and the New Image Youth Center in Parramore.