POSTED: November 12th 2015

LA 2024 appoints Earvin 'Magic' Johnson and María Elena Durazo as Vice Chairs

Basketball icon  Earvin
Basketball icon Earvin

María Elena Durazo, legendary labor leader / LA 2024
María Elena Durazo, legendary labor leader / LA 2024

MARISSA FLANDERS (USA) / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) The appointments of Earvin "Magic" Johnson, National Basketball Association (NBA) icon, Olympic gold medalist, and business leader; and María Elena Durazo, legendary labor leader as Los Angeles 2024 Olympic and Paralympic candidature committee's Vice Chairs. They will join Janet Evans as Vice Chairs on the Board of Directors and will add their personal expertise in business, labor relations, and sport to the LA 2024 bid.

Johnson is the Chairman and CEO of Magic Enterprises, part owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers, and partner of Guggenheim Baseball Management. The NBA legend will help LA 2024 harness the city's enthusiasm and passion for sport.

As for Durazo, she is on the most successful, savvy immigrant and labor rights leaders in the United States. She is the currently the Vice President for Immigration, Civil Rights & Diversity for UNITE-HERE.

Los Angeles Mayor, Eric Garcetti stated, "María Elena Durazo and Earvin 'Magic' Johnson define what it means to be leaders. With their expertise in labor, business, and sport, they bring a level of professionalism and diversity that is uniquely suited to help us bring the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games to Los Angeles. We're thrilled to have these great Angelenos on our team as we advance our city's bid and move to strengthen the Olympic Movement both at home and around the world."

"We couldn't be prouder to welcome Earvin 'Magic' Johnson and María Elena Durazo to our LA 2024 team. Together they bring a great diversity of talent and expertise, with each one addressing key aspects of the bid," expressed LA 2024 Chairman, Casey Wasserman.

He added, "But our bid would not be possible if we did not have the support of the hard-working people of Los Angeles, California, and the United States. That is why it is so important to welcome María Elena Durazo as Vice Chair."

United States Olympic Committee (USOC) CEO, Scott Blackmun commented, "We are excited to have both Magic and María Elena join LA 2024. Mayor Garcetti and Casey Wasserman have done a very good job of tapping into both LA's Olympic heritage and its thriving modern sports scene, and we look forward to working with all of the leaders of LA 2024 to return the Olympic and Paralympic Games to the United States."

Johnson said, "The only thing greater than bringing a sports championship to Los Angeles would be bringing the Olympics back to the best sports town in America. I was here for the 1984 Games, and I saw a city that was united and honored to welcome the world. As a former Olympian, I'm proud to join the LA 2024 team and give them 'an assist' in returning the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games to the United States."

"I am excited to join LA 2024 and work towards an Olympics that would be a celebration of our city's diversity, as well as a boost for our working families and our economy. The support of our immigrant communities and our working families is vital to our bid's success, and I will work to make sure all hard-working Angelenos can participate in the Games if we're fortunate to bring them to Los Angeles," stated Durazo.

** MARISSA FLANDERS is a graduate of Saint Leo University with a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Business. She has over four years of writing experience and has a real passion for ice hockey following the Pittsburgh Penguins on her blog

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