The Pulse nightclub victims were honored at the Orlando Magic season opener. The Orlando Magic players came out in #OrlandoUnited shirts with rainbow colored hearts on them and bowed their heads silently during the national anthem. The players continued their warm-ups in the shirts. The pre-game ceremony took place at the Orlando Amway Center, which is two miles from what was dubbed an anti-gay massacre.
On October 26 we will dedicate our Opening Night to those who lost their lives and those whose lives have been forever changed from the tragedy at Pulse Night Club. We will also be raising a no. 49 banner during pregame to honor the 49 victims. The number “49” will be filled with each person’s name who lost their life that night.
The pregame ceremony presented a moment of silence while raising a banner etched with the words “Orlando United No. 49.” The NBA announcer honored the victims during the ceremony saying, “tonight we honor their lives, the heroes who emerged that early morning and a healing community that showed the world love always conquers hate.”
Orlando Magic owner Richard Devos and his family announced a $500,000 donation to OneOrlando Fund. OneOrlando Fund is a non-profit organization dedicated to aiding the families of Orlando shooting victims.