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Magic players to provide assistance to hourly workers on top of $2 million from ownership

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In light of the ongoing concerns surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, Orlando Magic ownership has pledged $2 million to provide assistance to hourly workers.

The DeVos family, owners of the Magic, have prepared a $2 million compensation fund for the team’s employees that will be out of work during the suspension of the 2019-20 regular season. In a kindhearted effort, players from the team have approached management to offer additional financial assistance.

According to the Magic’s report, 1,800 part-time employees will be assisted and receive paychecks for missed games:

“The people behind our teams are family to us and it’s our honor to provide assistance to those adversely impacted during trying time,” Magic chairman Dan DeVos said in an official statement that was sent out on Monday afternoon.

The NBA made the decision to suspend the 2019-20 regular season last week after players in the league tested positive for the coronavirus. Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert became the first confirmed case. His teammate, Donovan Mitchell, tested positively shortly after.

Most teams are taking similar steps with regards to paying their workers. On Friday, Cavs forward Kevin Love announced that he is donating $100,000 to help his team. Other players, including Giannis Antetokounmpo, Zion Williamson, Blake Griffin and Stephen Curry, have since followed suit to help out those in need.

Though there will be no games played in the near future, it’s nice to see the Magic and teams around the league taking steps to ensure that their employees will be compensated accordingly.

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