NBA star Magic Johnson to help Central State raise money

Earvin “Magic” Johnson will become an honorary chairman of Central State University’s capital campaign.

Johnson, an NBA legend and businessman, will be the featured guest at a donor event at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Central State’s student center. Johnson helped celebrate the opening of Central State’s new student center in 2015.

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Central State is attempting to raise $30 million in its most recent campaign. While CSU has struggled financially over the past few years, the school recently rebounded and was removed from state fiscal watch last month.

Johnson, who played for the Los Angeles Lakers for decades, has since returned to the team as the president of basketball operations.

Johnson also became widely known for publicly announcing in the 1990s that he had been diagnosed with HIV, a precursor to AIDS.

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