Earvin (Magic) Johnson
by Denis from Glendale
|Mgaic Johnson (michaelemilio.com)|
Everyone has their own hero, their mom,
their dad, or people they have just seen
or heard of. My hero is one of those people
who I have only seen. He is Earvin “Magic”
Johnson. He is one of the greatest basketball
players of all time, he has HIV, and has even
started his own organizations to help others
with HIV and AIDS.
Magic Johnson wanted to be a TV commentator
when he first went to college. That dream soon
changed when he became the starting point guard
for Michigan State. Magic won then NCAA
championship two times in a row and was even
voted Most Outstanding Player of the year.
After two years of college Magic got drafted
into the Los Angeles Lakers and teamed up
with the amazing Kareem-Abdul Jabbar. His
first year in the NBA he got in to the NBA
All-Star rookie team as a starter. The next
season Magic won the championship against
Philadelphia and was the first rookie to
ever get Finals MVP. Johnson had won many
championship and even got MVP 4 times and
wasn’t expected to stop until he discovered
he was HIV positive in 1991.
When Magic found out he had HIV he
immediately wanted to retire. He had
said “I want to dedicate my life to
fight this deadly disease”. Some people
started to think that Magic was homosexual
because homosexuality was one of the
greatest risks for HIV but he denied it.
Magic also had to follow many steps to
make sure his HIV didn’t become AID’s.
Magic had to take daily combination of pills.
Even though Magic gave up on his career due
to taking all the medicines and other health
issues his fans didn't, despite the fact he
had retired they had voted him to be in the
all-star games. Many people thought it was
dangerous for him to play but he still did.
He also participated in the Olympics and he
used the chances to play as an opportunity
for him to inspire HIV positive people and
that is what inspired the next chapter of his
After inspiring many people who are HIV
positive, he decided to start the Magic
Johnson Foundation. The foundation started
off helping HIV patients but later became
a foundation for other charitable goals. He
was also the spokesperson for the United
States World AID’s Day. This also made Magic
the United States Messenger of Peace in 1999.
Magic Johnson has inspired me in many ways
such as the way I should play basketball and
the way I should help my community. When he
found out he had a disease, he didn’t just sit
down at his home and do nothing; he tried to
help others with the same disease he was
fighting. This showed me to never stop helping
others no matter what. He is known by most for
outstanding basketball skills but he is known
to me as a person with a big-heart and will never