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Lakeland Magic President Shelly Wilkes Honored by the Greater Orlando Sports Commission with the Rising Star Award

June 12, 2019 - NBA G League (G League) - Lakeland Magic News Release

Orlando, Fla. - Lakeland Magic President Shelly Wilkes was honored with the Rising Star Award at the Greater Orlando Sports Commission's (GO Sports) Celebrating Women in Sports luncheon on June 12. The Rising Star Award recognizes a young female professional in the sports industry who has demonstrated strong leadership, initiative, and exceptional contributions early in their career. The award is intended to support and encourage the next generation of female sports industry leaders who will take sport to new heights.

Wilkes currently serves as President of the Lakeland Magic, G League affiliate of the Orlando Magic, and was the first female NBA G League team president. In her role, she is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day business operations of the team. Wilkes spent 13 seasons with the Orlando Magic, starting as a game-night staff member in the marketing department during the 2003-04 season. She held multiple positions within the sales and marketing areas of the company, most recently as the senior director of live entertainment and production services in July 2015 before being named president of the Lakeland Magic in December 2016.

The luncheon recognized three local honorees in two categories, the Rising Star Award (Shelly Wilkes, Lakeland Magic) and two honorees for the Women in Sports Leadership Award (Donna Dowless, XOXO Media Group; Marci Doyle, Arnold Palmer Invitational).

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