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Ryan Anderson Fights Childhood Hunger

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Gary Bassing - Orlando Magic; used with permission
Gary Bassing - Orlando Magic; used with permission

We haven't heard much about Orlando Magic power forward Ryan Anderson this offseason. Dan Savage of OrlandoMagic.com wrote in late July that Anderson has been hard at work in the gym, inspired by teammates J.J. Redick and Marcin Gortat:

While the Magic’s young talent still has two more months to continue to develop, it’s visibly evident that he’s already improved his physique.

"His body has changed dramatically since the end of last season," said Strength-and-Conditioning Coach Joe Rogowski. "With two more months to go, we’re really optimistic with where he will be physically."

But according to a team release, Anderson recently teamed up with Pepsi to work against childhood hunger:

On Wednesday, September 8, Pepsi Beverages Company (PBC) joined forces with Ryan Anderson of the Orlando Magic to fill 750 backpacks with healthy snacks and school supplies. The backpacks were donated to the students of Flora Ridge Elementary School as part of the Backpack Giveaway Agenda. Along with the backpacks, PepsiCo generously provided the school with a $1,000 check to aid in the purchase of student uniforms.

Community ambassadors Nick Anderson and Bo Outlaw also participated in the event.

It's the latest charitable act by a Magic player. Dwight Howard has done good work lately, including visiting an ailing fan and hosting a concert to benefit earthquake relief in Haiti.