LANSING — The Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce Economic Club and Lansing Promise Zone are bringing “Showtime” back to where it all began. Magic Johnson will be in Lansing on April 30 to help raise funds for Lansing Promise Scholarship.
“Everyone involved in the Lansing Promise Scholarship Program is elated with the news of Earvin “Magic” Johnson returning to his hometown in support of this life changing initiative,” said Kellie Dean, chairman of Lansing Promise. “Literally hundreds of current and future students will benefit from this upcoming event and we are so grateful to Mr. Johnson and the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce for their recognition of this very worthy project.
Johnson, former basketball standout at Everett High, Michigan State University, and the Los Angeles Lakers will be sharing his experience from both on and off the court. In addition to his athletic accolades, Johnson is a highly successful business man. Today he is the chairman and CEO of Magic Johnson Enterprises. MJE is comprised of Sodexo Magic, restaurant franchises, and numerous other firms. Johnson is also an owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers pro-baseball team
The Lansing Promise Zone is an organization whose goal is to provide students in the Lansing School District an opportunity to earn a college education. Lansing Promise was created after the state of Michigan set-up Promise Zones in 10 cities around the state. Communities were chosen based on the percentage of children living below the poverty line. The Lansing Promise Zone
Scholarship will pay recipients for up to 65 credit hours (four semesters) at Lansing Community College, or the equivalent at Michigan State University.