October 28, 2019
NBA legend Michael Jordan donated a generous amount of $7 million for two Novant Health clinics to help those who are financially struggling to get proper medical care in his hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina.
The former NBA star donated a whopping $7.2 million to help build two Novant Health clinics in his hometown of Charlotte as a gesture of gratitude for the place he grew up at. It is one of his largest single donations ever.
Jordan teared up as he spoke about how he is trying to give back by contributing to the development of the healthcare facilities that serve people needy people seeking healthcare.
"I’ve gone off and made my life in Illinois and other places. But I know where it all begins. And I don’t need my mother to constantly remind me about that. I can only give in gratitude for what I can never repay.”
The NBA star, along with his team Hornets, has contributed almost $750, 000 to Health Community Care Cruiser, an organization that provides immunizations to young people who are underserved.
Jordan said that he made the donation to his birth city from the heart because it is the place where it all began.
“It’s not the financials but (it’s) from the heart — a passion from what this city, this state has given back to me. I can never repay what you have given to me. But this is a start.”
Jordan's recent donation is a boon for nearly 35,000 children and adults who lack access to primary or preventive health care and to the people who use the emergency room for all kinds of medical needs even if they are nonurgent.
The clinics, that are due to open in 2020, will provide affordable healthcare facilities including physical therapy, behavioral health, oral health, social work, and family planning.
Although Jordan was born in New York, he moved to North Carolina when he was a toddler. He graduated high school in the state and that is when he entered the NBA Draft in 1984.
After entering the NBA, Jordan went on to become one of the most prominent faces in sports and the greatest basketball players of all time.