NORTHBROOK, Ill., Feb. 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Earvin "Magic" Johnson is speaking at several events on Allstate's Northbrook, Ill campus discussing the role of education in his life, including the importance of staying in school, and the story of his transformation from athlete to business leader.
Seventy-five Breakthrough youth members from Chicago's East Garfield Park neighborhood will hear Magic Johnson's personal story. Participating students were selected based on personal and academic achievements and come from Chicago Public Schools' Jacob Beidler Elementary, Westinghouse College Prep, and Chicago West Side Christian School.
"This special opportunity with Magic Johnson provides an extraordinary experience within the context of our overall programs," said Bill Curry, chief program officer at Breakthrough. "We are also looking forward to connecting with leaders at Allstate and SodexoMAGIC to help the kids better understand the opportunities made possible through hard work and dedication."Employees from both Allstate and SodexoMAGIC will hear Johnson talk about his business background and journey from a professional basketball star to a business entrepreneur as part of a celebration of important contributions by African Americans during Black History Month awareness activities. "Allstate is committed to making a difference in the communities where we live and work and it starts with our diverse employees," said Michael Escobar, vice president, chief diversity & organization effectiveness officer for Allstate. "Our employee resource group for African Americans, for example, has more than 800 members and enables employees to discover and develop their true potential through mentoring, networking and representing Allstate in their communities." Both Allstate and Sodexo have pledged support to Breakthrough for 2014 through the involvement of their employee resource groups working in the Chicago community. Allstate has partnered with Breakthrough since 2010 and is a key supporter of the new FamilyPlex facility being built in the East Garfield Park community. The facility will include a licensed day-care, a library, a computer lab, and several classrooms for after-school programs. It will also include a health clinic, a gymnasium and a community gathering space.