Giving back at the season’s end


Monday's tragic events in Boston had shown that sports is only a distraction from more important things. Fortunately sports can serve as a welcome distraction and a conduit for a lot of good.

Last night, Boston hosted its first sporting event since the bombings at Monday's Boston Marathon that injured hundreds of spectators and has killed at least three. The events were shocking, but showed the very best of America in the face of senseless evil.

There is not a whole ton we can do to help as an Orlando Magic Daily blog except provide our thoughts and our prayers and whatever support we can.

It may be the smallest thing we can do, but I wanted to provide this link to help. Our friends over at Project Spurs have a great partnership with several NBA artists. For the month of April these artists have agreed to donate the proceeds from any sale of their prints to Boston relief efforts. There are some fantastic works of art like the Kevin Garnett above by Dustin Watson.

There are also works from Joseph Applegate, Bobby Bernethy, Jesse Blanchard, Maddison Bond, Robb Harskamp,  Double Scribble and Hoop Dream Ink.

I am partial to Double Scribble's print of Tracy McGrady and he has some nice doodles of Jameer Nelson too. And his visual history of Horace Grant's goggles is fun. Unfortunately neither are available in the story (the McGrady portrait is on a T-shirt, check Double Scribble's Web site for more info).

Even just sharing these great works of art with others will undoubtedly help. It is the least we can do right now.

I would also be remiss right now if I did not mention the incredible kindness the Magic showed on Fan Appreciation Night toward a local veteran. The Magic and Chase Bank gave away a mortgage-free home to a 15-year U.S. Army veteran on Fan Appreciation Night. John Denton of tells his story more in full. It is really worth a read and it was a great way for the Magic and its partners through Operation Homefront to show support to and give back to our veterans.

Philip Rossman-Reich

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