Magic Johnson to speak at Gary scholarship event

"Magic" Johnson (file photo)
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Former Los Angeles Lakers great Earvin "Magic" Johnson is scheduled to speak at a scholarship fundraiser for students in Gary.

The Gary Community School Corp. says Johnson will deliver a talk entitled "A Gary Promise" Monday evening at the Genesis Convention Center.

The goal of the program is to provide scholarship opportunities for students that fulfill Indiana Core 40 requirements with a minimum grade point average of 2.5. The fund will also support mentoring and enrichment programs, student leadership development training and career awareness projects for all grades.

Tickets for the program cost $75 a person.

Johnson last fall announced an initiative in Chicago aimed at helping at-risk students, including dropouts, graduate from high school.

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