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Magic Johnson comes to Maritime Park with a message
PENSACOLA -- It's been a dream for many years; today, it became a reality.
Through the partnership of a local organization, People for Peace, Magic Johnson spoke to our community for free
Channel 3's Christina Leavenworth has more.
Usually the only time the Maritime Park stadium is this full, is for a Wahoos game. Well today, it was for Magic Johnson. His message was one about healthcare success and motivation, but for Pensacola leaders, their message to him was invest here.
The legend, Magic Johnson walked into a roaring stadium.
Hundreds of kids ears were glued to his every word.
Magic Johnson, "I was really blessed to be a winner, played with some incredible basketball players."
Parents knew the kids would listen just a bit harder if it's Magic talking.
"I don't care how poor you grow up, you don't have to have poor dreams."
"This is such a blessing, normally entertainers don't come in and do this kind of thing for free, children need positive role models to see and touch, to be that close and see all the wonderful things hes created outside of basketball..."
Johnson says a big reason he came here was because of his relationship with local organization, People for Peace, but it also took some big sponsorships from city leaders to make it happen.
Quint and Rishy Studer donated 25000, they hope he sees the potential in Pensacola and will invest here like he has done in other areas.
"I think everybody is hoping he sees the opportunity here, and some investment from him, he invests in other city, we are all hoping once he sees an opportunity and do what me and my wife has done is invest in our community and people of our community..."
Studer would not go into the specifics of what they are pitching to him, but one of the ways Magic has invested in other communities is building educational technology centers in the projects.
"The digital divide is getting bigger in the black and brown community, lets try to address that, we built 18 technology centers, built them right in projects...."
Community leaders hope to continue a relationship with him so one day he will have a role in our community. Reporting in Pensacola, Christina Leavenworth, Channel 3 News.