Magic Johnson tells Indiana crowd education key

FILE - In this Feb. 21, 2013, file photo, former Los Angeles Lakers player Earvin "Magic" Johnson arrives at a memorial service for Jerry Buss in Los Angeles. Johnson is calling upon NBA Commissioner Adam Silver to "come down hard" on Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, who is alleged to have made racially charged comments. Johnson was a subject of the comments Sterling allegedly made on an audio recording obtained and released by TMZ. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)

GARY, Ind. (AP) — Basketball Hall of Famer Magic Johnson told a northwestern Indiana audience that education has been a key to his success.

The former Los Angeles Lakers star spoke Monday at a fundraising event in Gary benefiting a program that provides college scholarships and enrichment programs for the city’s youth.

The Times of Munster and the Post-Tribune report he told the crowd he grew up poor, but not with poor dreams, and that his parents made sure he did well in school before he played basketball.

The appearance by Johnson was included in the contract one of his companies was awarded last year to provide food services for the Gary Community Schools. The event raised $100,000 for A Gary Promise, along with $50,000 from Johnson and his company. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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