UPDATE @ 10:32 p.m. (May 17): Earvin "Magic'' Johnson informed Central State late Wednesday that unexpected business will prevent him from visiting campus on Thursday.
A new date will be communicated at a later time, according to a statement the university released.
INITIAL REPORT (May 16)
Attendees of a Central State University donor event Thursday evening will be joined by one of the most recognized NBA stars of all time.
Magic Johnson will return to the university as the honorary chairperson for Central State’s $30 million capital campaign. In 2015, Johnson helped cut the ribbon on the school’s $33 million University Student Center.
Johnson announced back at the 2015 event that he would donate to the university’s newly launched capital campaign.
A former owner of the Dayton Dragons, Johnson has also been involved philanthropic endeavors in Springfield.
In 2016, he flew 4 students and chaperones from the Springfield Neighborhood Promise program to Walt Disney World in Florida after the students maintained B averages throughout the 2015 school year.
Johnson’s food service company, SodexoMAGIC, supplies the Springfield Regional Medical Center and Central State University.
Central State’s Thursday event begins at 5:30 p.m. on the second floor of the University Student Center.