Tobias Harris was named the winner of the Rich and Helen DeVos Community Enrichment Award at the 24th Annual OMYF Black Tie and Tennies Gala on Saturday night. The team gives the award to the player that has dedicated his purpose off the court to enhancing others' lives. Harris certainly falls under that category and the award is well deserved.
The Richard and Helen DeVos Foundation will donate $50,000 to Harris to donate to a charitable cause of his choosing.
Harris has been in Orlando just one year after being traded from Milwaukee at last year's trade deadoine, but he has already made Orlando his home and contributed to his new community.
Among his charitable endeavors in Orlando include mentoring young men at Howard Middle School in Downtown Orlando, cosponsoring a turkey giveaway for families in Orlando at Thanksgiving and visiting pediatric patients at Florida Hospital during the holiday season.
Those are the more formal charitable events Haris participated in. Really he has immersed himself in the community and truly become a part of Orlando in his shortyear in the city. Just today he was part of a promotional event where he conducted a basketball clinic at Fashion Square Mall.
Harris has truly embraced the Orlando community — and playing well has not hurt — and is a great young man. Certainly a guy young people in the community should view as a role model and a model citizen. And he has plenty of growth and maturation to come. It is hard to remember he is just 21 years old.
Jameer Nelson was the other finalist for the award. Harris even thanked him in his acceptance speech for pushing hi mto be involved in the Orlando community. And it should also be noted the tremendous work in the Orlando community (as well as the New Orleans and Louisiana communities) that Glen Davis had and has before he was released from the Clippers.
— Dante Marchitelli (@DanteMagic) March 15, 2014
The OMYF's annual Black Tie and Tennies Gala is a major fundraising event that features lots of fun for players and the fans who attend. It features player interactions and activities, silent auction items and live auctions too.
The Magic continue to make a measurable impact in their community.