Orlando Magic’s Victor Oladipo was recently named the winner of the 2015-2016 Rich & Helen DeVos Community Enrichment Award (CEA). The CEA award was presented during the 26th Annual Orlando Magic Youth Foundation Black Tie & Tennies Gala held at the Amway Center. This Oladipo’s second time winning this award. The other finalist for the award was Magic guard Elfrid Payton.
The award honors a player who has dedicated his efforts off the court for the purpose of enhancing the lives of others. A panel of representatives selects the player. In addition to receiving the award, Oladipo will be granted $50,000 from the Richard and Helen DeVos Foundation to donate to the charity of his choice. Highlights of Oladipo’s community involvement for the 2015-16 season include: surprising one local family in need with a KIA car for Christmas, sponsoring a holiday party for 20 hearing-impaired children at the UCF Listening Center, visiting children at the Model Secondary School for the Deaf in his hometown of Washington, D.C. over the summer, taking part in the Hoops for Hunger Love Pantry celebration with Rosemont Elementary, participating with service men, women and their families in the Hoops for Troops service project, serving breakfast at the Coalition for the Homeless on Thanksgiving morning, surprising YMCA youth at a Magic holiday basketball camp, greeting terminally-ill children before games in support of the Magic Maker program and being named the NBA’s Community Assist Award winner for the month of December for his efforts in the community just to name a few.
When he’s not giving back to the community he’s giving back to his team on the court. Oladipo grew up in Maryland with his parents and two sisters. He played basketball in both high school and at Indiana University before being selected as the second overall draft pick by the Orlando Magic. On December 3, 2013, Oladipo proved why he was the second overall pick when he recorded his first career triple-double with 26 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in a double overtime loss to the Philadelphia 76ers. He went on to finish second in Rookie of the Year voting behind Michael Carter-Williams. For the 2014-2015 season he was ruled out for an injury but onNovember 14 he made his return. Wearing a facial protection mask as he made his season debut against the Milwaukee Bucks. In 25 minutes off the bench, he recorded 13 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists in a 101–85 win. On January 12, he recorded 33 points against the Chicago Bulls and two days later recorded 32 points against the Houston Rockets to record his first career back-to-back 30-point games. On March 4, 2015, Oladipo scored a career-high 38 points on 15-of-25 shooting in a loss to the Phoenix Suns. During the 2015 NBA All-Star Weekend, Oladipo competed in the Rising Stars Challenge and the Slam Dunk Contest, finishing second. This past season the Magic exercised their fourth-year team option on Oladipo’s rookie scale contract, extending the contract through the 2016–17 season. Five days later, he recorded his second career triple-double with 21 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists in a double overtime loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. He also hit a buzzer beating three-pointer to send the game into double overtime. During this past season On March 18, he scored a career-high 45 points in a 109–103 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers, becoming the ninth player in franchise history score 40 and the first Magic player to do so since Arron Afflalo in December 2013.
Oladipo has proven his dedication in his efforts off the court for the purpose of enhancing the lives of others. In addition to receiving the award, he will be granted $50,000 from the Richard and Helen DeVos Foundation to donate to the charity of his choice.Oladipo continues to prove to the Orlando community he is an asset both on and off the court.
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