March 2015 – Adrian Heath brings the competitive fire he had as a player to his role as coach of Orlando City.
March 2015 – Yeah, we’re still pinching ourselves—but Brazilian superstar Kaká really has arrived to lead Orlando City into the big leagues.
March 2015 – From cheering and singing to pyrotechnics, Orlando City’s raucous supporters are a special breed.
August 2014 – George O’Leary seems to be the classic curmudgeon. But that’s just one side of UCF’s football coach. We found another.
January 2014 – For 25 years, David Steele has been the radio and TV voice of countless Magic moments.
October 2013 - Lee Corso, ESPN’s College GameDay icon, tackles life with a full (mascot) head of steam.
June 2013 – Arnold Palmer has done just that for 83 years because of his dad, who always stood beside him — and in many ways still does.
April 2013 – Cancer struck Pat Williams hard. But it also gave the Magic executive motivation to practice what he preached.
December 2012 – Hockey’s Solar Bears are back. For fans with fond memories of the original team, it’s like they never left.
August 2012 – Track coach Brooks Johnson has a relationship with the Olympics that spans more than 50 years, with medal winners among the highlights of his career.
July 2012 – A facilitator who gets things done, Magic CEO Alex Martins is the first private citizen to lead the 50 Most Powerful list.
May 2012 – It’s been unbelievable, but a breakout year with the Magic has Ryan Anderson finally realizing people believe in him.
April 2012 – With the hiring of the top prep hoops coach in the country and the construction of a $6.5 million athletic facility, tiny Montverde Academy seeks greater acclaim on—and off—the court.
November 2012 – NBA superstardom has blessed Dwight Howard with wealth and worldwide celebrity. But he hopes the world will also recognize him for being great off the court. Howard knows it’s in his hands to make that dream come true.
June 2011 – Pat Williams hasn’t put a book down since he was a kid with a newspaper route, using the money he made from it to fund what became his passion—reading. Now 71, the Magic executive has read about 7,000 books and has a home library packed with all of them, including rare first printings. In other rooms are hundreds of other tomes waiting to be read. Be patient, Williams tells them, your time will come.
(Winner of the Florida Magazine Association First Place for Writing Excellence)