The RDV Sportsplex, a joint venture between RDV Sports, Inc. and Florida Hospital, is a trend-setting destination for sports and wellness. It is a multi-faceted, public/private facility unmatched in the world. With activities and services available to both club members and non-club members, the facility includes an athletic club, tennis center, ice rinks, cafe and concessions, pro shops, salon & spa, Kids’ Stuff member daycare facility, and a medical complex. Situated on 21 acres in Orange County, Florida, the 365,000-square-foot RDV Sportsplex opened in February 1998.
RDV Sportsplex provides comprehensive learning and training for all ages and skill levels. The goal is to serve all levels of performance and ability from novice to the professional athlete – all with access to the same skilled staff. RDV Sportsplex’s commitment extends beyond physical fitness to health and wellness. Reinforcing the athletic club are medical facilities that include pediatrics, corporate and international health, orthopaedics, and a dentist. Providing total care for families and individuals is the most important service.
The DeVos Family
The DeVos Family
The DeVos family purchased the Orlando Magic in September of 1991. At that time, family head Rich DeVos stated that the DeVos family is simply the team’s current caretaker, making it clear that the real owners of the NBA franchise would continue to be the Central Florida community and the loyal Magic fans.
Since purchasing the team, the franchise has won three division championships (Atlantic Division: 1994- 95, 1995-96; Southeast Division: 2007-08), one Eastern Conference title (1994-95) and had four 50-win seasons, including a franchise record 60 victories in 1995-96. The Magic have advanced to the playoffs 10 times and finished with a .500 record or better in 12 of the last 16 seasons.
The acquisition and operation of the Magic is a family affair involving Rich, his wife, Helen, and their four children and spouses; Dick and Betsy DeVos, Dan and Pam DeVos, Cheri and Bob Vander Weide, and Doug and Maria DeVos. As one of the two founding families of Amway Corp.—today a global leader in direct selling and a member of the Alticor Inc. family of companies—the DeVos family is one of the nation’s most successful business stories in recent history.
Although the senior DeVoses have an established residence in southern Florida, the family was introduced to the Central Florida community during Orlando’s drive to bring major league baseball to “The City Beautiful.” An ensuing relationship was formed between the DeVos family and the city of Orlando.
The baseball venture left them with a heightened interest in professional sports ownership. The 82- year-old co-founder of Amway envisioned incorporating the philosophies that made him one of the most successful businessmen in America today with that of a solid, young NBA franchise. He understands the impact professional sports can have on the upcoming generation, and he is committed to ensuring the team provides a positive, encouraging example.
From 1995-2001, RDV Sports owned and operated the Orlando Solar Bears of the International Hockey League. During their six seasons of existence, the Solar Bears captured one division title (Central Division, 1995-96), three Eastern Conference crowns (1996, 1999, 2001) and the IHL’s Turner Cup championship in 2000-01. Orlando compiled an all-time regular season record of 286-162-44 (.626), the best in the league over that time frame.
From 1998-2002, the Orlando Miracle of the WNBA was part of the RDV Sports portfolio. The Miracle played in their inaugural season during the summer of 1999 and made the playoffs in 2000.
RDV Sports, named for Rich DeVos and the general partner of the Magic, has been and continues to be an active partner in the Central Florida community. In February of 1998, RDV Sports, in partnership with Florida Hospital, opened the $50 million, 365,000- square-foot RDV Sportsplex. The RDV Sportsplex is a state-of-the-art health and wellness facility, which includes a world-class health club, medical offices, restaurant, retail shops, and practice and training facilities for the Magic.
The DeVos family played a key role in helping to secure a new state-of-the-art Events Center in Orlando. The Events Center is part of a public community venues program that also includes a new Performing Arts Center and a renovation of the Citrus Bowl Stadium. The new Events Center is under construction and scheduled to open in October 2010.
In addition, the Magic also contributed $12.5 million toward construction of five community recreation centers throughout Orange County, Florida, as part of its commitment to build the new Events Center.
The DeVos family remains involved in numerous charities and community-enhancement endeavors, both in the Central Florida area and their hometown region of Grand Rapids, Mich. Bob Vander Weide serves as Chairman of the Orlando Magic Youth Foundation, a fund of the McCormick Foundation. The Orlando Magic Youth Foundation has positively impacted more than one million children. Through private donations, fund-raising events and contributions, more than $14 million has been raised and distributed to non-profit organizations that support the OMYF mission statement.