Magic Johnson

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Johnson, Magic

(Earvin Johnson, Jr.), 1959–, African-American basketball player, b. Lansing, Mich. After winning the national championship with Michigan State Univ. (1979), he joined the Los Angeles Lakers and with them won five National Basketball Association championships (1980, 1982, 1985, 1987–88). Respected as a consummate team player and leader, he was named most valuable player three times (1987, 1989–90). In 1991 he announced that he had tested positive for HIVHIV,
human immunodeficiency virus, either of two closely related retroviruses that invade T-helper lymphocytes and are responsible for AIDS. There are two types of HIV: HIV-1 and HIV-2. HIV-1 is responsible for the vast majority of AIDS in the United States.
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 and retired from professional basketball. He subsequently worked to promote AIDSAIDS
or acquired immunodeficiency syndrome,
fatal disease caused by a rapidly mutating retrovirus that attacks the immune system and leaves the victim vulnerable to infections, malignancies, and neurological disorders. It was first recognized as a disease in 1981.
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 awareness, played on the 1992 U.S. Olympic "Dream Team," made brief comebacks with Los Angeles in 1992 and 1996, and coached the Lakers in 1994. In 1998 he bought the Borås, Sweden, professional basketball team and has played occasional games with them. Since his official retirement Johnson has also become a successful entrepeneur, overseeing a multimillion dollar business empire based in inner-city minority neighborhoods throughout the country. He is also a vocal proponent of African-American economic empowerment.


See his autobiography (1992).

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The resources received will be directed to provide scholarships, internships and program enhancements for students who attend the Magic Johnson Bridgescape Academies across the country.
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Walgreens (NYSE: WAG)(NASDAQ: WAG) and the Magic Johnson Foundation today announced a national campaign to address the health, educational and social needs of ethnically diverse, urban communities.
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We applaud the courage and leadership he continues to show in this battle over the years and thank ESPN Films for both pointing a lens at his remarkable life and for allowing AHF and Magic Johnson Foundation the honor of hosting the premiere of The Announcement," said Michael Weinstein, President of AIDS Healthcare Foundation.
Jeff Wahl, President and CEO of EdisonLearning said, "Thanks to the visionary leadership of Governor Deal, the Georgia General Assembly, and the Georgia Department of Education, high school students in the state will be offered an individualized learning experience from both Provost Academy and the Magic Johnson Bridgescape Centers that will combine a rigorous curriculum with a personal high-touch approach to help students achieve their goals.
and the 20th anniversary of the Magic Johnson Foundation (MJF) by hosting free HIV testing events in Los Angeles, South Florida and the Washington D.
Johnson pledged to transition his performance on the basketball court to philanthropy through the creation of the Magic Johnson Foundation and continues to have an unmatched record for service to urban communities.
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The mission of Magic Johnson Enterprises is focused on building mutually beneficial relationships between corporations and the underserved urban market.
The Magic Johnson Foundation has raised more than $20 million for charity, many AIDS related.
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