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Celebrating the Lansing Promise
April 21, 2016 | Lansing, MI

On Thursday April, 21 - Earvin “Magic” Johnson will be the special guest...

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SodexoMAGIC Honored at Delta Star Awards Event
March 9, 2016 | Atlanta, GA

For the past 17 years, Delta Airlines has celebrated suppliers & employees alike who champion diversity, by way of their annual Supplier Diversity Star Awards program. SodexoMAGIC proudly accepted the honor of Minority-owned Business of the Year at this year’s event, which took place on March 9 at the Delta Flight Museum in Atlanta.

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Fulfilling the Lansing Promise
April 24, 2015 | Lansing, MI

This week Lansing's Promise Scholarship program will be in the limelight as hometown favorite Earvin "Magic" Johnson returns for a fundraiser.

The scholarship program has been sinking deep roots, building community ties, raising money and launching its scholars toward a brighter future. In a recent visit to the LSJ Editorial Board, Dean Transportation CEO Kellie Dean, who chairs the Lansing Promise Board of Directors, reported that 336 students have received scholarship support since the first scholars began classes at Lansing Community College or Michigan State University in 2012. That includes 222 who attended LCC and 114 who attended MSU.

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Magic Johnson mixes basketball with business during S.C. State visit
March 26, 2015 | Orangeburg, SC

South Carolina State University’s Smith-Hammond-Middleton Memorial Center was configured for a speaking engagement on Thursday, but NBA legend Earvin “Magic” Johnson stepped out to what might normally be center court as he fielded questions from an audience of students, faculty and alumni.

One of Johnson’s favorite inquiries came from a member of the South Carolina State basketball team. Senior forward Luka Radovic wanted to know what Johnson picked up on during his time in athletics that he has been able to translate into success in business.

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Magic Johnson to announce scholarship fund in Memphis
March 24, 2015 | Memphis, TN

On March 27, he'll be at Booker T. Washington High School to hold an assembly for the students.

At the assembly, Johnson will talk about a $30,000 scholarship fund available to seniors who want to further their education at technical, community, or four-year colleges and universities.

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Magic Johnson coming to Mid-Michigan
March 20, 2015 | Saginaw, MI

Magic Johnson, NBA champion and entrepreneur, will be in the area to benefit the Saginaw Promise. Johnson is visiting the companies who made a special donation to the charity.

Those companies include Dow Corning, Hemlock Semiconductor, the Dow Chemical Company and the Saginaw Spirit Charitable Foundation. Together they pledged $40,000 to the charity, which supports post-secondary education, the charity said in a news release.

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Magic Johnson Motivates Students at Cal State Fullerton Business Event
March 5, 2015 | Fullerton, CA

Earvin "Magic'' Johnson told Cal State Fullerton students Wednesday evening that he's been a success by exceeding expectations.

Johnson, basketball Hall of Famer and business mogul, told students the story behind his rise to success in basketball and business. He also gave students advice on their own paths to achievement.

Johnson credited his success in business due to his commitment to grow business in urban American neighborhoods, along with exceeding expectations.

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Former Detroit Lions kicker Jason Hanson stresses breakfast at Flint school visit
March 4, 2015 | Flint, MI

There is at least one daily activity that Flint elementary students and former Detroit Lion NFL kicker Jason Hanson have in common -- eating breakfast.

Hanson, with Lions mascot Roary at his side, spoke to more than 200 students at Durant-Tuuri-Mott Elementary School about the importance of that first meal of the day. "Food is important for whatever (kids) want to do. Nutrition is important for your brain, whether you apply that to art, science, math, english or sports. Whatever you do, you've got to use your brain," Hanson said. "The ability to fuel it up and exercise for your overall wellness, it's in your brain."

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Magic Johnson to visit S.C. State
March 3, 2015 | Orangeburg County, SC

Basketball icon Earvin “Magic” Johnson Jr. is planning to visit South Carolina State University on March 26.

While few details are available, Johnson is scheduled to attend an invitation-only photo opportunity. He will also speak in the Martin Luther King Jr. Auditorium as part of the S.C. State School of Business Executive Speaker series.

During his basketball career, Johnson scored 17,707 points and had 10,141 assists, 6,559 rebounds and 1,824 steals. He earned the title of all-time leader in NBA assists per game. With an average of 11.2, he still holds the title today.

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Magic Johnson gives $10 million assist to expand jobs program for at-risk youth
February 16, 2015 | Chicago, IL

A targeted jobs program with a proven track record for keeping at-risk youth safe from summer violence is in line for a dramatic expansion, thanks to a $10 million gift from a former NBA great.

Hall-of-Famer Earvin “Magic” Johnson, along with Mark and Kimbra Walter, are partners in Inner City Youth Empowerment LLC.

Their two-year, $10 million gift to the city will triple the size of the program known as “One Summer Chicago Plus” — and provide 5,000 summer jobs for young people at risk of being exposed to violence. The city will contribute $6 million during the same period.

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Magic Johnson speaks at UB
February 13, 2015 | Buffalo, NY

When Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson was in high school, he’d sneak into the CEO office of the building he cleaned on the weekends. He pretended he was the boss.

He imagined his secretary “Ishia” would bring him his coffee, doughnuts and newspaper every morning.

For three hours, Johnson dreamed. Now, he’s the CEO. He said he’s spent his whole life “over delivering” to be successful and Thursday in Alumni Arena, he wanted all students present to agree to do the same.

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Stores, homes, movie theater for old state fairground?
February 13, 2015 | Detroit, MI

The old Michigan State Fairgrounds in Detroit could finally see life as a shopping attraction and residential development under a plan that might incorporate some of the historical buildings.

Spurred by the success of the nearby Gateway Marketplace retail center, a team of developers — including basketball star Earvin (Magic) Johnson — has submitted preliminary plans to the city to redevelop the fairgrounds with stores, hundreds of new apartments, a movie theater and possibly a specialty grocery store like Whole Foods.

The project is still in its early phases, and the developers have yet to identify future stores or disclose details about their financing.

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Magic Meals
July 23, 2014 | Lansing, MI

The new contract between Lansing School District and SodexoMAGIC, a partnership involving Earvin "Magic" Johnson, will provide healthy eating options and a third meal for after school programs.

The third meal means a nutritional dinner for students who participate in sports or other after-school activities. But it comes as a higher cost than the former contract.

Aramark, seeking to renew its contract, provided the lowest base price, at $2.07 per meal, compared to SodexoMAGIC’s $2.25 and Chartwells $2.71. But Aramark suffered during the interview with the district in categories like collaboration with school personnel, training for foodservice employees, and satisfaction among students, staff and parents.

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Magic Johnson's food service company to host job fair for ex-Flint school workers
July 17, 2014 | Flint, MI

Food service workers who were laid off when the Flint School District outsourced the work to a Magic Johnson-owned company can apply for their old jobs at an open house Monday, July 21.

SodexoMAGIC will host a special job fair and open house to introduce itself to the people who served the district under previous management, the district said in a statement.

The district will pay $3.36 million to SodexoMAGIC, a Maryland-based company that is part owned by the former NBA star.

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Magic Johnson's firm takes over food service for Lansing schools
July 15, 2014 | Lansing, MI

A company owned in part by hometown hero Earvin “Magic” Johnson has taken over food service for the Lansing School District.

The school board earlier this year chose SodexoMAGIC to feed its 12,000-plus students beginning this fall. The company took over from Aramark Educational Services on July 1, the start of the fiscal year.

Johnson — an Everett High School, MSU and NBA standout before becoming a successful entrepreneur — has promised to personally host an annual fund-raising event to benefit the Lansing Promise and HOPE scholarship program.

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NMSDC Annual Conference Set For Orlando In November
July 10, 2014 | New York, NY

The National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC) – one of the nation's leading advocacy organizations for supplier diversity – will host its annual Conference and Business Opportunity Fair in Orlando, Florida, November 2-5. This best-in-class gathering of nearly 7,000 corporate leaders, supplier diversity professionals, Asian, Black, Hispanic and Native American-owned businesses and guests from around the world will be held at the Orange County Convention Center. The Walt Disney Company is the corporate co-chair of the four-day conference, and Liberty Power Corp. is the minority business enterprise (MBE) co-chair for the event.

"Florida has a growing, thriving minority business community," said NMSDC President Joset Wright-Lacy. "The Sunshine State has been the backdrop for successful NMSDC conferences in the past, and we expect a large turnout of guests from around the world at this year's event."

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Magic of a Promise event raises $155,000 for Saginaw Promise scholarships
May 7, 2014 | Saginaw, MI

Earvin "Magic" Johnson helped to raise $155,000 for the Saginaw Promise Scholarship.

The NBA legend and Lansing native visited Saginaw on Tuesday, April 29, for the third annual Magic of a Promise event that included a silent auction, strolling dinner and presentation.

The Saginaw Promise raised about $155,000 through the event's auction, ticket sales, sponsors and pledges, said Kendrick Kemp, Saginaw Promise Zone coordinator.

In 2010, the state selected Saginaw as one of 10 school districts in Michigan to become a Promise Zone district. It requires communities to raise money to provide qualifying students scholarships of up to $2,500 per year for students attending two-year institutions and $8,000 per year for those attending a four-year institution.

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Magic Johnson attends Saginaw Promise event
April 30, 2014 | Midland, MI

Less than 15 minutes after Earvin “Magic” Johnson walked into Saginaw’s “Magic of a Promise” event, $60,000 had been pledged for the city’s Promise Zone initiative.

The evening’s silent auction, strolling dinner and aforementioned donations by The Dow Chemical Co., Dow Corning, Saginaw Spirit and Wal-Mart, aimed to raise $200,000 for Saginaw Promise scholarships.

But it wasn’t just the generous pledges that made up the night’s impact at The Dow Event Center — it was watching handfuls of residents and students approaching organizers with what they had to give — five dollars here, $100 there.

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'A Promise to Gary:' Magic Johnson speaks to city
April 28, 2014 | Gary, IN

Gary — It's only fitting that one of the NBA's all-time assist leaders came to the city to provide another dish — this time to the Gary School Corp.

Earvin "Magic" Johnson, the leader of the 1980s dynasty Los Angeles Lakers, brought his MVP spirit to the city in support of "A Promise to Gary," an initiative supporting scholarships for students that fulfill the state's Core 40 requirements.

"I grew up poor but I did not have poor dreams," Johnson said. "That's why I was able to excel in the NBA and as a businessman. My passion is inner city youth and helping them to achieve their goals."

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