ORLANDO, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - Orlando Magic players Victor Oladipo, Tobias Harris and others from the Magic organization joined with troops on Thursday to pack bags filled with personal hygiene products. As part of NBA Cares Hoops for Troops Week (Nov. 3-11) and in partnership with the Department of Defense, the Magic hosted the Hoops for Troops "Commitment to Service" project, packing more than 200 of the care packets.
The care packets will benefit homeless students and families at two local elementary schools. Others who assisted in assembling the care packets included Magic Community Ambassadors Nick Anderson and Bo Outlaw and military service representatives from the four military branches.
Through the Department of Defense's "Commitment to Service" initiative, service members and athletes are working together to serve their communities. The program is built upon the four pillars of community, leadership, transition and health. The week will culminate with the Magic's annual Seats for Soldiers Night presented by Harris Corporation on Veterans Day, Nov. 11 when the Magic host the Los Angeles Lakers.
Hoops for Troops is a year-round initiative led by the NBA, its teams and players in collaboration with the Department of Defense and other military and veteran serving organizations to honor active and retired service men and women and their families leading up to Veterans Day. Throughout the week, the league and its teams will work side-by-side with the military to participate in various service projects across the U.S. to support local communities.