Each basketball in the net shot from behind the three-point line not only adds numbers to the scoreboard for the Lakeland Magic, but also adds support towards alleviating childhood hunger in Central Florida. 

After the Lakeland Magic’s season finale March 21, Mosaic donated $57,000 towards kidsPack and One More Child organizations through the Hoops for Hunger program. One More Child and kidsPack are both focused on alleviating childhood hunger in Polk County.  

For every successful three-point shot the Lakeland Magic made at home this season, Mosaic donated $200 to the Hoops for Hunger program. For the 2022-23 season, the team sunk 273 three-point shots, amounting to a record donation of $57,000. 

L-R: President, Lakeland Magic – Hans Steinbrenner, General Manager Bartow, Mosaic – Jody Hilderman, General Manager New Wales, Mosaic – Peter Haugen, Public Affairs Manager, Mosaic – Morgan Odum, Senior Director of Corporate Partnerships, One More Child – Derrick McBride, Executive Director, kidsPack – Patti Strickland, Program Manager, kidsPack – Amy Royal, VP of Strategic Partnerships, One More Child -Leon Battle, Sr. Social Responsibility Specialist, Mosaic – Christopher Johnson, Sr. Director of Transformation, VP of Human Resources North America, Mosaic – Lisa Poissant, Mosaic – Adam Dibble, Global Partnerships Account Executive, Lakeland Magic, Gina Cuneo

“Partnering with the Lakeland Magic and supporting the Hoops for Hunger program embodies Mosaic’s mission to be a thoughtful and engaged neighbor who seeks relationships with organizations that are making a difference in the community,” said Morgan Odum, Mosaic Public Affairs Manager. “kidsPACK and One More Child have made, and will continue to make, a positive difference in the local community as they work to ensure children and their families do not go hungry.”  

Since the Hoops for Hunger partnership between Mosaic and The Lakeland Magic started in 2018, Mosaic has donated $202,500 to food relief efforts in Central Florida. 

Hoops for Hunger gives money to two great organizations who directly give food to kids in need,” said Sarah Fedorchuk, Mosaic’s Vice President-Government and Public Affairs. “This partnership is an opportunity to give back to our communities and to engage with the public while we do that.” 

This season, the team recognized Morgan Odum with its Magic Game Changer award. The award recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to their communities through sport, business and government. 

2023 is the final year of the Hoops for Hunger partnership between The Lakeland Magic and Mosaic after the announcement of the team moving to Osceola. Mosaic has greatly valued our partnership with the team, and we want to wish them the best of luck in their new home!