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Orlando Magic Present Seats for Soldiers:Bonus Pictures!

November 13, 2010

Lake Highland Preparatory students performed at halftime of the Magic vs. Raptors contest as part of the Seats for Soldiers festivities. Photo taken by Gary Bassing.

For the fifth year overall, the Orlando Magic and Harris Corporation teamed up to honor military men, women and their families with Seats for Soldiers Night during Friday night’s Magic loss to the Raptors.  The Magic, players and Harris Corporation donated tickets to men and women in the military from military bases such as the Patrick Air Force Base in Cocoa Beach, MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, the Naval Air Force Station in Jacksonville and other Orlando area military affiliates.

Orlando Magic President Alex Martins presented an Orlando Magic jersey to the family of fallen Oviedo soldier and Medal of Honor recipient Staff Sergeant Robert Miller. Photo taken by Fernando Medina

In honor of the annual Seats for Soldiers Night, several events took place Friday night including a military-themed fan fest, taped messages throughout the game, a pregame dinner with the family of fallen Oviedo Soldier, Staff Sergeant Robert Miller, as well as a special halftime presentation by Orlando Magic President Alex Martins honoring Sgt. Miller.  Outside the arena, Fan Fest included military Humvees, a rock wall, simulators and an obstacle course for fans. Other highlights included volunteer uniformed officers distributing game programs to fans entering the Disney Atrium, the national anthem performed by a military member and a military-themed performance by the Orlando Magic Dancers.

There has been no official word issued on if the Magic players were expecting the Warfighter’s to have their back when it came to defense.  While members of the Air Force and the Army were flanking courtside, they were not supposed to be responsible for defending Andrea Bargnani or Demar DeRozan.  The team apparently didn’t get the Memorandum for Record (MFR).

Members of the Air Force enjoy the Magic vs. Raptors contest on Friday, November 12 and look to protect the weakside D. Photo taken by Gary Bassing.

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