Magic Johnson : basketball legend, entrepreneur, and HIV/AIDS activist /

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by Dakers, Diane,
[ 01. English Non Fiction ] Series: Crabtree groundbreaker biographies. Physical details: 112 pages : color illustrations ; 24 cm. Subject(s): Johnson, Earvin, --1959- | African American basketball players --Biography. | Basketball players --United States --Biography. | HIV-positive persons --United States --Biography. | AIDS activists --United States --Biography. 01. English Non Fiction Item type : 01. English Non Fiction
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West Royalty Elementary School NF PB 796.333 JOH Available

Includes index.

"Throughout his life, basketball superstar Earvin "Magic" Johnson has met both challenges and opportunities with perseverance and leadership. Dubbed "Magic," Johnson blazed a spectacular career in basketball. His play with the Los Angeles Lakers as point guard alongside center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, as well as his epic rivalry with the Boston Celtics' forward Larry Bird, marked a legendary era in the NBA. In 1991, Magic announced he had tested positive for HIV, a virus that can lead to the life-threatening disease AIDS, and was retiring from basketball. Little was known then about HIV/AIDS and its prevention. His declaration shocked the public but succeeded in putting a familiar and much-admired face on a disease that was shrouded in fear and prejudice. Magic Johnson's legacy includes his inspirational work as an advocate for the prevention of HIV and the still-incurable disease AIDS through his own foundation, which provides programs for HIV/AIDS education and prevention, including testing and safe sex practices."-- Provided by publisher.