Michael Jordan Donates $7 Million to the Charlotte Community

Michael Jordan donates $7 million to build clinics in Charlotte

Michael Jordan is donating $7 million to build two medical facilities to serve at-risk and underserved communities in Charlotte.

Though infamous for his collaborative or otherwise secreted contributions to society through partnerships with the NBA and other philanthropic acts of servitude, basketball legend Michael Jordan has taken a more public, and verbal stance on issues of need and social justice, during this present time.

This donation is being given to health care provider Novant Health to open Novant Health Michael Jordan family clinics in northwest and north Charlotte, two of the poorest regions in the city.

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Jordan's decision to fund clinics was predominantly influenced by a 2014 study from Harvard and the University of California at Berkeley that indicated that poor children in Charlotte are less likely to get out of poverty.

Michael Jordan is giving back to the city he calls home.

Jordan, 54, has big ties to North Carolina, growing up in Wilmington and attending UNC-Chapel Hill.

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In a statement announcing the news, Jordan said he hoped the clinics "will help provide a brighter and healthier future for the children and families they serve".

The clinics have the potential to decrease emergency room utilization by 68 percent and decrease hospitalization by 37 percent for the residents of these neighborhoods, according to Novant. Novant estimated that over five years the clinics will care for nearly 35,000 children and adults, with the potential to decrease emergency room use by 68% and decrease hospitalization by 37%.

"This gift will transform the lives of thousands of families and children living in poverty-stricken communities", Carl Armato, president and CEO of Novant Health, told AP.

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"We are thankful to Michael for his generosity".

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