Paul Pierce and Baron Davis To Host 2006 Midsummer Night’s Dream
After 20 years, NBA Legend Earvin "Magic" Johnson passes the torch to Pierce and Davis to host annual celebrity and charity games in Los Angeles
Los Angeles, April 5, 2006 - After 20 years, Earvin "Magic" Johnson has selected All-Stars Paul Pierce and Baron Davis to host his annual celebrity and charity games in Los Angeles.
"I am so excited to carry this torch," Pierce said. "It's just such an honor to be picked by Magic to build on what he's done over the last 20 years."
Davis shares Pierce's enthusiasm. "Magic Johnson has been a huge influence in our lives. It is a privilege to bring the best of entertainment and pro basketball to Los Angeles for a fun weekend to benefit worthwhile charitable organizations," said Davis.
Formerly known as "A Midsummer Night's Magic," Davis and Pierce have created a new charitable event group, LA Stars, to host a weekend of entertainment for the city of Los Angeles while raising funds for charitable initiatives. The new weekend will be titled 'Midsummer Night's Dream' to maintain some consistency. It will also include events that will honor Johnson. The 2006 Midsummer Night's Dream, held July 7-9, will include a sanctioned game and a celebrity game in the Staples Center, a concert featuring premier talent and a private gala among other activities. More information will be released in the coming months.
Johnson's Foundation, the Magic Johnson Foundation, has held the event for the past 20 years and hand-selected Davis and Pierce to take the reigns. "It was important for me to continue the tradition of my game to help raise money for charity," said Johnson. "Baron and Paul were a natural fit to pass the torch to."
Past years' events featured Steve Harvey, Jamie Foxx, and Bernie Mac, artists Ludacris, New Edition, Faith Evans, Chaka Khan and Teena Marie; and top pro basketball talent including Larry Bird, Michael Jordan, Allen Iverson, LeBron James, Charles Barkley, Shaquille O'Neal and Carmelo Anthony among others. Davis and Pierce have participated in the annual sanctioned game since entering the league.
"Keeping the event in L.A. means the world to us," Pierce said. "We grew up here. It's our home." LA Stars will assist charitable initiatives including the Baron Davis Foundation for At-Risk Youth, Paul Pierce's Truth Foundation, focused on providing educational opportunities for under-privileged youth and the Magic Johnson Foundation.