CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — NBA Legend, entrepreneur and philanthropist Earvin “Magic” Johnson will address the students at Normal Park Upper School on Thursday, Oct. 8 at a special 11 a.m. assembly.

Johnson will speak to approximately 380 youth about the importance of leadership and entrepreneurship. The address is designed to inspire students and faculty alike to be champions in whatever ventures they undertake.

Johnson is the majority owner and Chairman of the Board of SodexoMAGIC, the food service provider to BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee.

Who: Earvin “Magic” Johnson, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee and Jill Levine, Normal Park Upper School Principal

What: Motivational speech for students

Where: Normal Park Upper School -- 1219 W. Mississippi Ave., Chattanooga, TN 37405

When: Thursday, Oct. 8, from 11 – 11:30 a.m.

Why: To encourage and inspire students

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