Born on August 14, 1959, Earvin Johnson Jr, more popularly known as Magic Johnson, is a former professional basketball player. He played for the Los Angeles Lakers as a starting point guard. Magic Johnson was the 1st round overall pick in the 1979 NBA Draft. He earned the NBA championship and MVP Award in his rookie season. Later, he earned four more championships with the Lakers and dominated the basketball scene in the 80s.
In 1991, the NBA star proclaimed to the world that he had HIV. He retired abruptly that year, though he was invited to play in the 1992 All-Star game.
It was this experience which prompted him to form the Magic Johnson Foundation. The foundation was Johnson’s instrument to connect with the community. The foundation caters to programs such as Community-based Grants, Social Programs & Resources, Taylor Michaels Scholarship Program and Empowerment Centers.
Since 2003, the foundation has aided over 38,000 Americans in 16 major cities by providing free HIV/AIDS test. Moreover, the program has educated virtually 280,000 people about HIV and the risk factors related with the disease. Since his retirement, Earvin Magic Johnson has become an active promoter for HIV/AIDS prevention, as well as a motivational speaker and philanthropist. He also founded the Magic Johnson Enterprise, which lives by the motto “We are the communities we serve.”
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