Did you know that you can see Magic Johnson – in person – on April 1st? For free? This is no fool’s joke! The Penn State Schreyers Honor College is sponsoring this special “Shaping the Future Summit: The Power of Money” event and Penns Valley’s Kevin Montminy was selected to introduce Magic before his lecture.
Time: 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Location: Eisenhower Auditorium, University Park Campus
Admission: Free and open to the public, ticket required for admittance.
Ticket Pickup Locations: Eisenhower Auditorium Ticket Office, Penn State Downtown Theatre, HUB-Robeson Center, or Bryce Jordan Center
Here’s everything you need to know from the official press release:
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Two-time Basketball Hall of Famer, NBA legend and successful businessman Earvin “Magic” Johnson will be 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 on April 1, 2015. Johnson’s lecture is set for 7 p.m. in Eisenhower Auditorium on the Penn State University Park campus.
Johnson is widely known as a star player for the Los Angeles Lakers in the National Basketball Association (NBA) and as a member of the United State’s 1992 Olympic gold-medal winning “Dream Team.” Propelling Michigan State University to an NCAA title as a collegian and the Lakers to five NBA championships during his career, Johnson would translate his leadership skills to the business world.
The collaboration between the Schreyer Honors College and the Student Programming Association invites students, faculty, staff and members of the community to attend Johnson’s lecture. This event is free and open to the public, but a ticket is required for admission. Advance tickets are available for weekday pickup at the Eisenhower Auditorium Ticket Office (8 a.m.-5 p.m.), Penn State Downtown Theatre Center (10 a.m.-6 p.m.), HUB-Robeson Center (11 a.m.-2 p.m.) and Bryce Jordan Center (1- a.m.-6 p.m.).
“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.
Johnson 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.
He 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.”
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 Shaping the Future: The Power of Money series was created with the purpose of engaging the Penn State community in a discussion and programming focused on global issues and leadership scenarios in the next decade.
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