Michael Jordan, one of the most famous basketball players of all time, has made a huge donation to help victims of Hurricane Florence.
Moved by the devastation he witnessed, Michael Jordan decided that he had to get involved. Owner of chairman of The Charlotte Hornets, a professional team based in Charlotte, North Carolina, Jordan has a direct connection with the communities effected by the aftermath of Florence.
The superstar donated $2m towards relief and recovery efforts.
“It’s truly devastating for me to see the damage that Hurricane Florence is doing to my beloved home state of North Carolina and to the surrounding areas. The recovery effort will be massive, and it will take a long time to repair the damage and for families to get back on their feet. Together with the NBA, we have launched a platform to aid those most impacted. Please join me, the Hornets organization and the NBA and donate to one of the local organizations assisting in the relief and recovery efforts. To all those affected, stay safe and know that we’re here to help.” – Michael Jordan
According to a report from Associated Press:
The six-time NBA champion and Charlotte Hornets owner donated $2 million on Tuesday to assist residents of the Carolinas — $1 million each to the American Red Cross and the Foundation For The Carolinas’ Hurricane Florence Response Fund.
“It just hits home,” Jordan told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. “I know all of those places: Wilmington, Fayetteville, Myrtle Beach, New Bern, and Wallace, which is where my father is from. So quite naturally it hits home, and I felt like I had to act in a sense that this is my home.”
Jordan’s North Carolina roots date back to his childhood, when he moved there from Brooklyn, New York. He would go on to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
“You gotta take care of home,” Jordan told the Charlotte Observer. A statement was released on the team’s official website, highlighting the proposed charity work.