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Magic Johnson speaks in Tampa

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NBA champion Earvin "Magic" Johnson spoke at Hillsborough Community College Thursday. NBA champion Earvin "Magic" Johnson spoke at Hillsborough Community College Thursday.
TAMPA, FL (WFLA) -

Dozens of college students, along with community leaders listened on as five-time NBA champion Earvin “Magic” Johnson spoke at the Black, Brown and College Bound Summit at the Marriott Waterside Thursday.

The focus of the BBCB summit is increasing the number of black and Latino males that attend and complete college.

“They do get that education, they do great things,” said Johnson.

“I had a lot of people say I couldn't make it to the NBA or no way I could be 6'9 and play point guard in the NBA. I actually loved that they were saying because for me I love when people eat their words,” said Johnson.

Java Royal was one of many students in the crowd. He’s in his last semester at Hillsborough Community College.

“Just to see a man of his presence staying strong, not giving up and building something that he can be proud of,” said Royal about how Johnson inspires him.

Johnson encouraged each student to “to give up something, to get something.”

“You can't let whether it's going out at night or games, you have to put aside all those things if you want to be successful in life,” said Johnson.

Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Cesar Ramos will also speak at the summit that last until Saturday.

The focus of the BBCB summit is increasing the number of black and Latino males that attend and complete college.

“They do get that education, they do great things,” said Johnson.

“I had a lot of people say I couldn't make it to the NBA or no way I could be six foot nine and play point guard in the NBA. I actually loved that they were saying because for me I love when people eat their words,” said Johnson.

Java Royal was one of many students in the crowd. He’s in his last semester at Hillsborough Community College.

“Just to see a man of his presence staying strong, not giving up and building something that he can be proud of,” said Royal about how Johnson inspires him.

Johnson encouraged each student to “to give up something, to get something.”

“You can't let whether it's going out at night or games, you have to put aside all those things if you want to be successful in life,” said Johnson.

Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Cesar Ramos will also speak at the summit that last until Saturday.

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