Orlando, Fla. – Orlando Magic guard J.J. Redick will present the Russell Home with a check for $25,000 on Wednesday.
Along with Redick, the children will also receive a visit from STUFF the Magic mascot.
Redick’s donation to the Russell Home is part of winning the 2011-12 Rich and Helen DeVos Community Enrichment Award. Each year, the Orlando Magic honors a player who has dedicated his efforts off the court for the purpose of enhancing others’ lives at the annual Orlando Magic Youth Foundation Black Tie and Tennies Gala. In addition to receiving the award, the player is granted $50,000 from the Richard and Helen DeVos Foundation to donate to the charity of his choice. Redick will donate the other $25,000 to another organization in Central Florida at a later date.
Russell Home was the first non-profit institution in the country for brain-damaged children. Mrs. Russell first opened her home to the first child on Nov. 13, 1951 to “see if it would work out.” Since then, the home has opened its doors to hundreds of youngsters, sometimes after hearing pleas from desperate parents, and in more than one instance, finding them just left on the doorstep. The physical home consists of a nursery, dormitory wing, playrooms, living room areas, kitchen and large laundry room.
Redick and his Magic opening training camp on Monday at Amway Center.