Charlotte Hornets owner, Michael Jordan, is stepping up to help out the city his team calls home. The “GOAT” is using $7 million dollars of his own money to fund medical clinics that he hopes will help at-risk Charlotte communities. The donation is the largest ever by Jordan.
The two clinics, which will be called the Novant Health Michael Jordan Family Clinics, are slated to open in 2020.
“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 said the legendary player was motivated to donate the money 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. A release from Novant said the clinics will provide an avenue to affordable, high-quality care — including behavioral health, physical therapy, social work, oral health and family planning — to individuals in the community who have little or no health care.
The Clinics will reportedly give care for roughly 35,000 kids and adults who currently do not have access primary doctors or preventive care. “We are thankful to Michael for his generosity. The gift will remove barriers to high-quality health care in some of the most vulnerable communities,” said said Carl Armato, president and CEO of Novant Health.
This is a great move on Jordan’s part and something that will absolutely have a great impact on the city as a whole and sounds like it will truly help people in need. Salute to him.
Written by Joe Casey