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Photos: Magic celebrate end of their season with awards, presentations

The Magic marked the end of their 25th-anniversary season with several special presentations.

As their 25th anniversary season drew to a close, the Orlando Magic made a number of special presentations. We'll run them down in this space, with relevant photos appearing in the above gallery.

Photo 1: Educator of the Year

During their game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on April 5th, the Magic teamed with Quill to name Zach Darnell their Educator of the Year. In conjunction with Quill, Orlando presented Darnell, an AP History teacher at The Master's Academy, with $10,000 in Quill Cash to spend on classroom supplies.

Darnell previously earned Educator of the Month honors. He and five other Educators of the Month were finalists for the Educator of the Year award. Fans voted for the honor by visiting

Photos 2 and 3: Recognition for 25 years of loyalty

For the final few home games of the season, Orlando placed decals on the Terrace Concourse of Amway Center to commemorate more than 400 people who have held season tickets since the team's inaugural season. The decals incorporate the ticketholders name into the Magic's 25th-anniversary logo and remained in place through the team's season finale on Wednesday against the Indiana Pacers.

Photos 4 and 5: Hustle Player of the Year

At halftime against Indiana, the Magic partnered with Aleve to name Kyle O'Quinn the team's Hustle Player of the Year. The victory is O'Quinn's second in as many seasons with the team, and he earned it by "playing every game with more excitement than the last," Orlando says. In O'Quinn's honor, Bayer Healthcare, the company which produces Aleve, donated $5,000 to the Conductive Education Centers of Orlando.

Photo 6: New home for a veteran

Also on Wednesday, the Magic surprised Bill Leisure, a former United State Air Force maintenance technician who served in Vietnam, and his family with a mortgage-free home courtesy of Chase. Operation Homefront, an organization dedicated to offering services to military families, helped make that gift possible.

Leisure and his family also received courtside seats for Wednesday's game as well as other gifts from Magic partners Southwest Airlines and Marriott.

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