ORLANDO, FLORIDA – The University of Central Florida (UCF) Listening Center received a shocking surprise on December 15, when Orlando Magic player Victor Oladipo surprised the clinic with a donation check for $35,000.
After being named the co-winner of the Rich and Helen DeVos Community Enrichment Award this spring and provided with a grant of $50,000 to donate to the charity of his choice, he knew right away where he wanted the majority of his grant to go—to help serve families and children with hearing loss.
Inspired by Sister’s Deafness
According to an NBA news release, Oladipo’s sister, Kendra, became deaf when she was in the second grade. The experience was an incredible challenge for his entire family, but he says it taught him how perseverance, determination, faith and resilience could conquer even the most difficult obstacles in life.
According to Oladipo, “Kendra is a huge reason why I am here right now. She believed in herself. It’s an inspiration. She’s an amazing human being”
Following the check presentation, Oladipo, who was joined by his sister and mother, and were given a tour of the clinic and learned about the programs and technologies offered to people with hearing loss and their families.
“I’m grateful and touched by this presentation. The earlier a child with hearing loss is identified, amplified and receives appropriate services, the more opportunities the children will have to succeed. This gift will really allow us to serve children and families and prepare our students.” –Linda Rosa-Lugo, Ed.D
According to the UCF Listening Center, the $35,000 donation will be used to provide a variety of services at the clinic, as well as a one-week summer camp for children with hearing loss.
While Oladipo admits that he has yet to decide where the remaining $15,000 of his grant will go, he believes strongly in the need to give back to those less fortunate and is excited knowing that his next gift will be able to help even more people live healthier lives.
*image courtesy nba.com