Schreyer Honors College, SPA bring Magic Johnson to Penn State

November 17, 2014

Legendary NBA Hall of Famer, Earvin “Magic” Johnson will present as the distinguished speaker for the 2015 finale of both the Schreyer Honors College’s Shaping the Future Summit and the Student Programming Association’s Distinguished Speaker Series.

Johnson is widely known for his time playing for the Los Angeles Lakers in the National Basketball Association (NBA) from 1979 to 1991 and again in 1996. After playing college basketball for Michigan State University and his NBA career, Magic took those skills to the business world.

“Magic Johnson is not only recognizable as a leadership figure from his championship days in the NBA and Big Ten, he is an incredible example of someone who has used his success, and fortune, to help others,” Schreyer Honors College Dean Christian Brady said.

He is chairman and CEO of Magic Johnson Enterprises, which provides quality products and services in urban communities.

His conglomerate is made up of many other businesses including a billion dollar real estate fund, private equity fund and a new African-American television network.

Johnson is also the chairman and founder of the Magic Johnson Foundation that teaches and promotes education and awareness of HIV/AIDS. He created the foundation after he was diagnosed as with HIV in 1991 and dedicated his life to battle the disease.

“The Magic Johnson Foundation is based upon a simple principle, ‘We are the communities we serve.’ That is what makes the story of his post-basketball career so compelling,” Dean Brady said. “He has used various business and charitable ventures in order to help build up ethnically diverse, urban communities. He has shown that ‘the power of money’ can be used to transform the world in a truly positive way.”

Lately, because of his investments, Magic is part of the ownership group that runs Major League Baseball’s Los Angeles Dodgers and the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks.

Johnson is currently working on an effort to build a new stadium to bring the NFL back to Los Angeles and in the process creating thousands of jobs in the city.

The collaboration between the Schreyer Honors College and the Student Programming Association invites students as well as all community members to attend Magic Johnson’s lecture.

The spring event is scheduled for April 1, 2015 in the Eisenhower Auditorium at 7 p.m.

The event will be free and open to the public but will require a ticket. Tickets will become available starting in March.

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Last Updated November 17, 2014