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Earvin 'Magic' Johnson speaks at UT Arlington Feb. 11

News Release — 4 February 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media contact: Kristin Sullivan, (817) 272-2761, kristinsul@uta.edu

ARLINGTON - UPDATE: Tickets are sold out for this event.

NBA legend and entrepreneur Earvin "Magic" Johnson has been added to the Maverick Speakers Series at The University of Texas at Arlington. Johnson will speak at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 11, in Texas Hall, 702 W. Nedderman Drive.

Magic JohnsonSigned copies of Johnson's book, "32 Ways To Be a Champion in Business," will be available for purchase before and after the lecture.

As with all Maverick Speakers Series events, the lecture is free, but tickets are required. Tickets are available at www.utatickets.com. For more information and for ticketing assistance, call 817-272-9234.

Johnson leads the No. 1 brand in Urban America as the chairman and chief executive officer of Magic Johnson Enterprises (MJE). Through strategic investments, partnerships and endorsements, MJE provides products and services that particularly focus on ethnically diverse urban communities.

 MJE is the only joint venture partner of Starbucks and is comprised of a portfolio of companies that include Canyon-Johnson Urban Fund, the country's largest private real estate fund focused on urban renewal, Yucaipa Johnson Corporate Growth Fund, the country's premiere private equity fund focused on strategic investments in companies located in and/or serving America's underserved markets, 24 Hour Fitness Magic Sport centers, restaurants, movie theaters and more. Johnson was recently recognized as the No. 1 African-American business leader in America by Ebony Magazine.

As chairman and founder of the Magic Johnson Foundation (MJF), Johnson is dedicated to developing programs and supporting services that address the educational, health and social needs of minority communities. MJF has awarded more than $1.1 million to community-based organizations focused on HIV/AIDS education and prevention, established five HIVE/AIDS clinics and has co-created the award-winning "I Stand with Magic" campaign to end HIV/AIDS in the black community.

MJF has supported more than 800 minority high school students with college scholarships, opened 18 Magic Johnson Community Empowerment Centers in underserved communities nationwide and provided a range of community-based initiatives including holiday toy drives and job fairs.

Johnson is universally known for his 13-year career in the NBA. His honors include five world championships with the Los Angeles Lakers, three MVP awards, 12 NBA All-Star games, a gold medal at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Spain, and inductions into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame and the U.S. Olympics Hall of Fame '92 Men's Basketball. Johnson is also vice president and part owner of the Los Angeles Lakers.

Astronaut Sally Ride (Feb. 15) and CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin (March 24) round out the Maverick Speakers Series for the 2009-2010 season.

Learn more about the Maverick Speaker Series at www.uta.edu.

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