Michael Jordan, arguably the best basketball player ever, and the owner of the Charlotte Hornets, is making headlines once again. This time around, he’s making them for non-basketball-related reasons.
Case in point: MJ is donating $7 million in hopes of helping at-risk communities in Charlotte.
According to ESPN, “It’s the largest philanthropic donation ever by the former NBA champion.”
The donation will fund two Novant Health Michael Jordan Family Clinics, which are projected to open in 2020.
Via the ESPN article mentioned above:
“Through my years of working with Novant Health, I have been impressed with their approach and their commitment to the community,” Jordan, a North Carolina native, said in a release Monday. “It is my hope that these clinics will help provide a brighter and healthier future for the children and families they serve.”
Jordan’s spokesperson Estee Portnoy told The Associated Press on Monday that the Hornets owner “feels so great about being able to impact the Charlotte community and help people who really deserve it. Michael and Novant are really excited about this project.”
Portnoy said Jordan, 54, was motivated by a study that found poor children in Charlotte have the worst odds of those of any of the top 50 cities in the United States to lift themselves out of poverty.