Magic Johnson, Common launch program to help kids graduate from schools


magic-johnson-talkEarvin “Magic” Johnson is getting a little help from Chicago rapper Common for his newest off-court endeavor.

The former NBA star launched his “Friends of Magic” initiative Wednesday. The idea is to help at-risk students, including dropouts, graduate from high school, NBA.com reported.

Johnson, Common and Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn attended the event at Magic Johnson Bridgescape Academy, another education facility backed in part by Johnson’s business enterprises.

An emotional Johnson spoke after listening to one of the students who has had successful in the academy’s education programs.

Wiping away tears, Johnson said he’s trying to give back and felt gratified by his organization’s work. Magic Johnson Bridgescape Academy contracts with Chicago Public Schools to help dropouts.

Johnson’s career achievements include three NBA MVP Awards, nine NBA Finals appearances, twelve All-Star games, and ten All-NBA First and Second Team nominations.

He led the league in regular-season assists four times, and is the NBA’s all-time leader in average assists per game, at 11.2. He played in 906 NBA games, holding career averages of 19.5 ppg, 11.2 apg and 7.2 rpg in 36.7 minutes per game.

Johnson was a member of the “Dream Team”, the U.S. basketball team that won the Olympic gold medal in 1992. He also is a 5-time NBA Champion.

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