Orlando Magic guard J.J. Redick, Bank of America, Merrill Lynch and SIFMA Foundation celebrate youth financial literacy with the Slam Dunk for Financial Education Program
Orlando Magic guard J.J. Redick, Bank of America, Merrill Lynch and the SIFMA Foundation will recognize the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida winners of the Slam Dunk for Financial Education program tonight during the Orlando Magic versus Denver Nuggets game. The youth will be treated to game tickets, a pregame warm-up viewing, an awards ceremony and an on-court halftime presentation for the First Place team.
The innovative Slam Dunk for Financial Education program kicked off on February 14 at the Parramore Boys & Girls Club in Orlando with a visit by basketball great J.J. Redick initiating nearly 60 youth and 20 Bank of America Merrill Lynch associate volunteers in the SIFMA Foundation’s Stock Market Game™ competition. The Stock Market Game, which is widely used by 600,000 students each year, introduces youngsters to the financial markets as they learn math, economics and the importance of long-term saving and investing. As a part of the program, teams of 3-5 participants work together to invest a hypothetical $100,000 in real stocks, bonds and mutual funds, learning cooperation, communication and leadership as they manage their portfolios.
Bank of America and Merrill Lynch associate volunteers brought the content to life for Slam Dunk’s youth participants during the 10-week program, coaching and supporting the youth teams at each of the three selected Boys & Girls Club sites – the Parramore, Universal Orlando Foundation and Walt Disney World Branches. Redick offered his star power to the program, encouraging participants to develop life skills through this experience, including how to set goals and work towards them, how to be a team player and most of all, to always plan for the future.
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A few weeks ago I read a headline that all but sent me running through my neighborhood chanting, “they’re back!” The Strokes were releasing a new single, the first music from them since 2005. I first heard about them in 2002 while I was at prom and a buddy popped in their debut record “Is This It.” From there I was hooked, and spent the better half of the next few years selling my soul to Julian Casablancas, trying to argue they were one of the best five bands of all time.
After that monumental album, The Strokes dropped a pair of marginal records that left a bittersweet taste in the mouths of fans and critics. Yes, it was decent music, and yes there were good moments, but it was not a complete package. It wasn’t that perfect record that came out of nowhere in 2001.
I bet Stan Van Gundy has fond memories of the Jameer Nelson of 2009. Granted, Nelson only played 42 games that season, but his output was the best in his career. It’s been hard for Magic fans to figure out why he can’t replicate the magic of those 42 games for more than a game or two at a time.
What is clear, though, is that SVG not only remembers, but also demands the type of play he thinks Nelson is capable of. That kind of play is what we saw last week at Sacramento and Golden State. Nelson posted 24 and 26 points in those games. And a few weeks back he dropped 26 against New York. But there are too many marginal “games between the games” where Jameer underperforms, like in Portland a week ago where he had two points in 21 minutes and shot 14 percent from the field. That was not the case in 2009.
- Josh Robbins the Orlando Sentinel: “The Orlando Magic waited several weeks for Hedo Turkoglu to regain an attacking mentality on offense. He found it on the Magic’s recently completed five-game road trip. Turkoglu averaged 16.2 points on 51.8 percent shooting — a significant improvement for a player who had been reluctant to look for his own shot. Turkoglu concluded the road swing on a high note, scoring eight of the Magic’s 14 overtime points in a 93-89 win Wednesday over the Milwaukee Bucks. He also hit the final go-ahead basket, a 20-footer from in front of the Bucks’ bench with a minute remaining in the extra period. ‘I’ve always been in this situation in my career, especially with the Magic,’ Turkoglu said. ‘They just have confidence in me. I just keep myself ready until that time and when the time comes, I just try to make a play.’ Coach Stan Van Gundy and center Dwight Howard want Turkoglu to continue to look for his own shot.”
- The chemistry is developing for the Orlando Magic.
- Dwight Howard warned his teammates of the Milwaukee Bucks.
- Turnovers are a problem for the Magic.
- Head coach Stan Van Gundy doesn’t seem to mind being labeled annoying during games.
- Howard’s game face.
- Evan Dunlap of Orlando Pinstriped Post: “Turnovers, and the fluidity of his team’s offense in general, have worried Van Gundy since training camp. The midseason acquisitions of Hedo Turkoglu and Gilbert Arenas were meant in part to boost the Magic’s passing and playmaking, which in theory would mean reduced turnovers. On a season-long level, it’s worked, as the Magic have trimmed their turnover rate by one percentage point since the deals. But in their last nine games, in which they own a 5-4 record, the Magic have committed 150 turnovers in just 824 possessions, which equals a turnover rate of 18.2, astronomical by NBA standards. For perspective, consider they could have two full games’ worth of possessions, commit no turnovers, and still be in rough shape as far as turnover rate is concerned.”
- Kelly Dwyer of Ball Don’t Lie: “Seven of 27 three-point shooting did Orlando in, and Jameer Nelson‘s foul on Brandon Jennings late in regulation as he attempted to tie the game with a three-pointer allowed for the free five minutes tacked on in the end. Howard was too much, though. Very fluid to start, disappeared for a while (that’s on the Bucks, to me, more than Dwight), and was omnipresent at the end. Scored when the ball met him, made plays on the other end. Omnipresent.”
- St. Patrick Day shoes for Howard.
- Adam Figman of SLAM ONLINE recaps the Magic’s win succinctly: “Beyond Dwight Howard’s beastly 31 and 22 effort, the Magic did little right, but they pulled enough good fortune to grab the win in overtime (yeah, a 93-89 game that included an OT session) and earned Orlando an official spot in the Playoffs. Brandon Jennings scored 23 for Milwaukee, a team that’s simply not playing with the edge it needs to make a postseason push. Unfortunate. The Magic are back in Orlando tomorrow night to take on the Nuggets.”
- Howard doesn’t regret skipping college.
- Kurt Helin of ProBasketballTalk: “Put him second, put him third. I’m not going to argue over how one should define MVP with you. But if Dwight Howard is not on your list, then I wonder how much hoop you watch and how much you understand what you do see. Because he is flat out ballin’.”
- Orlando is lucky to win their game last night.
Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard announces details for his fourth annual youth basketball camp. The Dwight Howard Basketball Camp presented by Fifth Third Bank is scheduled for August 1st – 3rd, at University of Central Florida Arena.
Dwight will be on site the entire camp to direct activities and provide instruction. He will be joined by several of the top prep and collegiate coaches from the Orlando area. The camp is open to boys and girls ages 7 to 18.
Campers experience various stations, specializing in fundamental skills and the team concept of basketball. Individual groups are small to assure each camper gets maximum personalized instruction.
Campers receive an autographed camp team photo with Dwight, an Adidas camp T-shirt, camp goodie bag and the opportunity to win additional contests and prizes. Cost of the camp is $199.
Additional camp partners include Dex, Ignition, WFTV-9, Star 94.5, Power 95.3, Lake Mary Life, and Southwest Orlando Bulletin.
Spots are limited, campers are encouraged to register early.
Additional information and registration is available at www.DwightHowardCamp.com or call 513-793-CAMP(2267).