Got this email yesterday and thought this was a cool "dream come true" story for a local kid...GO MAGIC!
Twelve-year-old Joe Gill sits with Magic scoreboard operator Cindy Fussell during the Magic’s preseason contest on October 19 vs. Indiana. Gill fulfilled a lifelong dream of “keeping score” at a Magic game. Photo by Gary Bassing.
By John Denton...OrlandoMagic.com
ORLANDO – After getting a chance to bump knuckles with the Orlando Magic’s starters and be in the huddle as referees discussed a mid-game shot clock malfunction and score the Magic’s first victory of the preseason, Joe Gill admitted he was feeling the kind of emotions that would have been natural for any awestruck 12 year old.
“Right now, my heart is beating a mile a minute,” Joe said with a wide-smile splashed across his face.
Joe got to live out a lifelong dream last Friday night when he was invited to help the Magic’s game night operations staff keep score for the preseason game against the Indiana Pacers. Joe, who is autistic, not only got to meet several of his Magic heroes, but he also scored Orlando’s 112-96 rout of the Pacers at the Amway Center.
“It was just so much fun and I hope I can do it again,” said Joe, who was decked out in a No. 15 Hedo Turkoglu jersey while scoring the game.
Joe, a sixth grader at Pace Brantley Hall School in Longwood, developed an interest in scoring and scoreboards as a child and started volunteering at local YMCA gyms to keep score for recreation league basketball and flag football games. His affinity for keeping score grew so much so that Joe’s father, John, purchased a Daktronics scoreboard for his son to practice on around their Winter Park home.
From scoring YMCA games, Joe ultimately graduated to where he assisted with the scoring for Winter Park High School football games. And because his parents, John and Dorothy Gill, are big UCF football fans, Joe was eventually invited to help keep score for a Knights football game late during the 2008 season. The only problem that day for Joe was that the Knights were blanked 15-0 by UAB.
“We are a UCF Knight family and my wife figured out through a connection a way for him to work a UCF football game,” John Gill said. “Joe did the 15-0 game and he was like, ‘Dad, it was terrible because I didn’t get to put any points on the scoreboard for UCF.’ But because he did such a good job and he follows directions well, they invited him back and he’s scored four UCF games and he’s had so much fun. And he also volunteers at the ‘Y’ during basketball season and does a lot of their games on Saturdays. That’s his community service.”
But Joe said there was nothing like being in the middle of the action for last Friday’s Magic-Pacers game at the Amway Center. Joe got to stand at midcourt while the players were warming up before the game. And one of his favorite moments was bumping fists with the likes of Jameer Nelson, J.J. Redick, Glen “Big Baby” Davis and Turkoglu before the start of the game.
Working with Magic scoreboard operator Cindy Fussell, Joe kept track of the game without a hitch. But he was in the middle of a referee summit at the scorer’s table when the shot clock malfunctioned with 15.2 seconds remaining in the first half.
Joe said after the game that a goal of his in life is to someday become a scorekeeper for a living. And he can think of no better place to do so than for the Magic.
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Maroon 5 announces 2013 North American Tour Dates. Neon Trees & Owl City Confirmed to Open All Dates
Coming to Orlando’s Amway Center
Saturday, March 30
Tickets On Sale Saturday, October 27th at 10am
Exclusive Presales for Citi® Cardmembers Begin Tuesday, October 23rd
at 1o a.m.
Band Nominated for 3 American Music Awards!
Single “One More Night” Now 5 Weeks at #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100
New Single “Daylight” Set to Debut on The Voice on Thursday, November 8th!
Following the release of their best selling new album, Overexposed, GRAMMY winning recording artist Maroon 5 have announced details of their 2013 North American tour presented by Sony Xperia™ Smartphones. Maroon 5 will be joined by Neon Trees and Owl City on all dates making this the hottest concert package of the Spring. The Live Nation produced tour will make 31 stops across North America and will kick off on February 13th in Columbus, Ohio at the Schottenstein Center, continuing through the spring (please see full tour routing below).
Tickets are available for purchase beginning Saturday, October 27th at LiveNation.com. Maroon 5 fan club members will have access to presale tickets beginning Monday, October 22nd. For additional fan club information and special VIP packages please visit Maroon5.com.Citi® cardmembers will also have exclusive access to tickets before the general public in presales beginning Tuesday, October 23rd at 10am local time through Citi's Private Pass® Program. For complete details on presale and preferred tickets for Citi cardmembers, visit www.citiprivatepass.com. Live Nation mobile app users will have access to presale tickets beginning Thursday, October 25th.
This past summer marked the debut of Maroon 5’s highly anticipated fourth studio album, Overexposed. Recorded in Los Angeles, CA, the release is a rich, pop-infused collection that Rolling Stone referred to as “their best yet,” and People Magazine called “sweet soul kissed pop.” The release of the album quickly reinforced the group’s status as a powerhouse in popular music. Overexposed features a series of chart-topping singles including: “Payphone,” which immediately shot straight to #1 on both the Top 40 and Hot AC charts, and “One More Night,” which has been at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for five straight weeks. The third single off of the album, “Daylight,” is scheduled to impact radio this November. Maroon 5 will debut the song on The Voice on November 8th.
Tickets are $77.50, $47.50 & $27.50. Tickets go on sale Saturday, October 27 at 10am at LiveNation.com, the Amway Center box office, all Ticketmaster outlets and charge by phone: 800-745-3000.
Capturing their first of three Grammy Awards as “Best New Artist” of 2005 and going on to sell more than 17 million albums worldwide, Maroon 5’s releases have gone gold and platinum in over 35 countries. The band won over fans and critics alike with the hybrid rock/R&B sound they introduced on their debut album, Songs About Jane and their double platinum album, It Won't Be Soon Before Long, which included hits like "Makes Me Wonder" and "If I Never See Your Face Again." In 2010, the band released their third studio album, Hands All Over, which also recently went platinum. The collection featured two hit singles including the Hot AC smash “Misery” and the anthemic “Moves Like Jagger,” which climbed to the #1 spot on the Top 40 and Hot AC charts and also claimed the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100.
In addition to his work with Maroon 5, Adam Levine has returned for a third season as a coach on the #1 NBC hit series The Voice. Adam also recently made his small screen acting debut on the hit FX Drama American Horror Story, and has landed a lead role in the major motion picture film, Can A Song Save Your Life from director John Carney.
The autism benefit "Night of Too Many Stars" will air Sunday, Oct. 21, and something amazing is going to happen that night. Young Jodi DiPiazza will sing a duet of "Firework" with Katy Perry and bring down the house.
From what I hear this is definitely worth a watch. The "Night of Too Many Stars," hosted by Jon Stewart, airs Sunday, Oct. 21, on Comedy Central.
Get a few tissues ready for the show-you'll need them when they tell Jodi's story. Check out the video of the performance below:
We just got an email from Mike at Watson Realty about a fun and free event next Friday, and it helps out a good cause. Check out the info below:
Watson Realty Corp., Wekiva Springs Office, over the past 30 days has completely transformed our 2nd floor offices into a Haunted Mansion. With over 4,000 sq. ft. & over $10,000 worth of props, we have created spine-tingly scary and not so scary rooms that will be open to the public, allowing parents a safe and fun place to Trick or Treat. We will be providing candy and goody bags for everyone.
Watson’s 45 agents, family and staff with the assistance of the Lake Brantley Drama Dept., National Honor Society and Photography Club are all joining together in order to make this a wonderfully safe and festive event for our community to enjoy.
Kelly Clarkson has revealed the track listing for her upcoming Greatest Hits - Chapter 1. The album comes out on November 19th. Here's the listing:
1. Since U Been Gone
2. My Life Would Suck Without You
3. Miss Independent
4. Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)
5. Behind These Hazel Eyes
6. Because Of You
7. Never Again
8. Already Gone
9. Mr. Know It All
11.Don't You Wanna Stay (with Jason Aldean)
13.Catch My Breath
14.People Like Us
15.Don't Rush"Featuring Vince Gill)
16.A Moment Like This
17.I'll Be Home For Christmas
In addition to the announcement Kelly has also dropped a lyric video which features lyrics for "Catch My Breath", check it out below:
Celine Dion has just recorded a new global television message that calls on families to use social media to connect with each other and to ask governments take action to prevent premature births and save babies’ lives. November 17th has been declared World Prematuity Day".
The campaign is a joint effort of the March Of Dimes, the Partnership for Maternal Newborn and Child Health, Save the Children and the World Health Organization.
The message encourages viewers to go to:
There they can post a picture of their child, family member or friend whose child was born too soon. A world map will light up each individual’s posting and allow them to connect and support each other from anywhere in the world. Pretty cool stuff.
According to the March of Dimes, worldwide, 15 million babies are born too soon each year and more than one million of those infants die as a result of their early births.