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Orlando Magic bring teddy bears, words of encouragement to patients at Florida Hospital for Children

Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic and guard Elfrid Payton surprised Florida Hospital for Children patients this afternoon with games and teddy bears with hand-written messages of hope, happiness and healing.

They were joined by Nick Anderson and Bo Outlaw, who are both Orlando Magic Community Ambassadors, as well as members of the Orlando Magic dance team. The special guests played board games, posed for pictures and handed out autographed mini basketballs.

“The kids, they’re obviously going through some stuff and I think for us to be in the position we’re in to help put a smile on their faces — making their day — means a lot to all of us,” said Vucevic.

The special teddy bears parachuted from the rafters at last night’s game against the Charlotte Hornets. Each teddy bear included a note that asked fans to write an inspiring message to a patient at Florida Hospital for Children. Players also wrote personal messages.

“So much about healing is about feeling positive and being happy,” said Meagan Krizek, the hospital’s Volunteer Manager. “So when Orlando Magic players take the time to come to Florida Hospital for Children and spend an afternoon playing games, it’s truly an amazing thing that means so much for our patients’ health and spirits.”

Florida Hospital is the exclusive hospital of the Orlando Magic.

For media inquiries only, call Florida Hospital Corporate Communications at 407-303-8217.