Few athletes are truly unique, changing the way their sport is played with their singular skills. Earvin "Magic" Johnson was one of them. Johnson accomplished virtually everything a player could dream of during his 13-year NBA career, all of which was spent with the Los Angeles Lakers. He was a member of five championship teams. He won the Most Valuable Player Award and the Finals MVP Award three times each. He was a 12-time All-Star and a nine-time member of the All-NBA First Team. After announcing that he was HIV-positive and retiring from basketball in 1991, he was voted as a starter in the 1992 All-Star Game, and later chosen as a member of the 1992 U.S. Olympic Basketball Team. He won a gold medal with the original Dream Team at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona.
While Mr. Johnson may be best known for his prowess on the basketball court, he is also a successful businessman and committed philanthropist. He may best be known for his winning ways during his illustrious NBA career, but the basketball legend directs his efforts toward his growing business and philanthropic empire, Magic Johnson Enterprises. He started The Magic Johnson Foundation which was established in 1991 as a single-disease organization that worked to raise funds for community-based organizations dealing with HIV/AIDS education and prevention programs. The Foundation has since responded to the growing need to address all aspects of our youth’s lives by expanding its mission. This expanded mission emphasizes the Foundation’s focus on supporting community-based organizations and developing programs that serve the health, educational and social needs of those residing in inner-city communities. In addition, the Foundation has made a strong commitment to raise awareness about several health and social concerns that threaten under-served communities.
Johnson is author of two books, My Life (1993) and 3 Ways to be a Champion in Business (2009) and co-author of When the Game was Ours (2010) with Larry Bird.