Michael Jordan donates $7 million to open healthcare clinic for uninsured people in his hometown


Michael Jordan has donated $7 million to help open a healthcare clinic for uninsured people in his hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina. 

The basketball legend gave an emotional speech at the ribbon-cutting ceremony last Thursday when he officially opened the Novant Health Michael Jordan Family Medical Clinic. 

His donation, originally made two years ago, will benefit financially struggling residents of Charlotte and improve the community's access to medical care. 

"This is a very emotional thing for me to be able to give back to a community that has supported me over the years," Jordan said, as he opened the clinic, per MailOnline

"It’s from the heart. I stand here before you as a proud parent, son, obviously a member of this community. 

"You see my name, but yet you see a lot of people behind me and the commitment, especially from my mum, about caring for other people and being a part of a community that matters."

Jordan's ties to the area go back to his childhood. Although he was born in New York, he moved to North Carolina as a toddler. 

After graduating high school in the state, MJ went on to attend the University of North Carolina and entered the 1984 NBA Draft and the rest, as they say, is history.

Jordan went on to become the greatest basketball player of all time, winning six NBA Championships with the Chicago Bulls while breaking multiple individual records. 

A number of years after retiring in 2003, he went on to buy the Charlotte Hornets - where to this day, he remains the majority owner of his hometown NBA team. 

Jordan retired an NBA legend

Donating to and opening the healthcare centre is the latest of Jordan's many charity projects, as he continues to prove that he's an inspiration and role model both on the basketball court and away from it.

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