Michael Jordan Opens First of Two Health Clinics in Charlotte
When he found out that low income families in his hometown were struggling to find quality care, he knew he had to help.
Along with being known as "the greatest basketball player of all time," and inspiration for one of the most popular sneaker brands ever, Michael Jordan can now add another title to his long list of accomplishments: philanthropist.
Jordan is giving back to his home state of North Carolina in a big way by providing a gift of $7 million to help fund two Novant Health Michael Jordan Family Medical Clinics, both of which will provide primary and preventative care to low income residents in the Charlotte area.
While Jordan has donated to many causes throughout his career (he won a lawsuit in 2015 and donated millions to kids' charities in Chicago), this project is personal for him.
At the opening of the first clinic in Charlotte in October, Jordan teared up as he made a speech to the public during the ribbon cutting ceremony. The second location is scheduled to open in 2020.
"This is a very emotional thing for me to be able to give back to a community that has supported me over the years." - Michael Jordan
The facility is state-of-the-art with 12 exam rooms, an x-ray area and a physical therapy space. Along with comprehensive behavioral health services, there will be a social worker on staff to help patients without insurance connect with resources.
The location for the clinic was carefully chosen after multiple studies pointed to the lack of quality healthcare providers in the area.
A tearful Jordan continued to tell the crowd that money is "not the issue" for him and that "it's the commitment to be able to make a difference and make an impact..."
Hear part of Jordan's emotional speech below...
(Source: @BillieJeanTV )
According to a statement from Novant Health, the family clinics are expected to help 35,000 children and adults who do not currently have regular access to healthcare, or who use the emergency room for non-urgent medical needs.
All of it thanks to the five-time NBA MVP winner who brought us the movie Space Jam. We're sure it won't be the last time he'll be giving back to the community that supported him from the beginning.
Do you know of a hero that deserves to be celebrated? Sign up and sign in to tell the world all about it. Let's "Start something good" together.
(Source: images @NovantHealth )