Magic Johnson To Speak at Schreyer Summit
It’s no April Fool’s joke — former NBA superstar Magic Johnson will speak at Penn State on April 1, 2015 in the Eisenhower Auditorium as part of the Schreyer Honors College’s Shaping the Future Summit and SPA’s Distinguished Speaker Series.
Earvin Johnson, who earned his famous nickname back when he dominated in high school, is one of the most decorated basketball players ever. The Hall of Fame point guard was selected first overall in the 1979 NBA Draft by the Los Angeles Lakers and went on to tally three MVPs, five championships, nine NBA Finals appearances, an Olympic gold medal with the Dream Team, and 12 All-Star appearances. After his retirement, he became a notable businessman, co-owning the Lakers, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Los Angeles Sparks. He’s the chairman and CEO of Magic Johnson Enterprises, which provides products to urban communities, and is part of a billion-dollar real estate fund.
Johnson is also a renowned philanthropist and activist. Johnson announced he had HIV in 1991 and said he would “dedicate his life” to fighting the disease. From there, his advocacy has sought to increase education and reduce discrimination regarding HIV. He founded The Magic Johnson Foundation, which “develops programs and supports community-based organizations that address the educational, health and social needs of ethnically diverse, urban communities.”
Johnson grew up in East Lansing and attended Michigan State. In his biography, he documented struggles against racism growing up, but he persevered after realizing he wanted a career in basketball in the eighth grade.