Until twenty years ago the world had ever seen a 6’9” point guard. Possessing the skill sets of two positions, Earvin "Magic" Johnson changed the game of basketball forever, coining the term “Point Forward.” Now, what Magic did for the game of basketball he is doing for philanthropy, creating a new way of thinking and a position for the rest of us.


20 years ago a man at the prime of his basketball career walked to the podium and did one of the most courageous things - shared his HIV status with the world. More than just retiring from the game of basketball he then took on the charge to educate and prevent the spread of HIV. The Magic Johnson Foundation staff, volunteers, beneficiaries, donors and the community at large take this opportunity to celebrate the life of our founder, Earvin "Magic" Johnson.

2011 marked the 20th anniversary for the Magic Johnson Foundation (MJF). In celebration of this milestone, the foundation launched a twelve-month program of special events and activities for what we are calling MJF: 20. Throughout the course of this program, we look forward to remembering and commemorating twenty years of success, and more importantly, exploring and strategically planning for the next twenty years of distinguished service.


20 years ago Magic Johnson announced to the world that he was HIV positive. Today nearly 1.2 million people are living with HIV, and 1 out 5 of them don’t know they're infected. You don’t have to be the ONE? Know your status and get tested today!
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The Point Forward Day launch on November 7, 2011 featured activity around all three of the MJF pillars:

HIV/AIDS Initiative

High School students show their support to bring awareness to the HIV/AIDS epidemic by wearing their MJF and Act Against AIDS backpacks.

Taylor Michaels Scholarship Program

Current Michigan State University PhD Graduate student and Taylor Michaels Alumni Scholar Sherrae Hayes created and posted this flyer around campus to support the overall nationwide effort. She also made it her personal Facebook photo and status as well.

Community Empowerment Centers (CECs)

Our great partners at FedEx supported our efforts at select CEC locations and volunteered to read to students during launch of Magic of Reading Program.