Michael Jordan is the most legendary basketball player of all time, but he will also be remembered in Charlotte, North Carolina, as a benefactor who provides affordable medical care to uninsured and underprivileged community members. USA Today reports that on Thursday, Jordan unveiled the first of two medical clinics that he and his family founded with a $7 million donation they promised to the project in 2017.
Thanks to a generous $7 million donation from @NBA legend Michael Jordan low-income Charlotte residents of all ages now have access to get the affordable medical care they need, with or without insurance. pic.twitter.com/dpJHVwCpmU— Novant Health (@NovantHealth) October 17, 2019
Jordan cried at the opening of the Novant Health Michael Jordan Family Medical Clinic, telling the assembled guests that “this is a very emotional thing for me to be able to give back to a community that has supported me over the years.”
The Charlotte Observer shared Jordan’s words on how his family helped him to reach this goal:
“It’s not the financials, but from the heart…I stand here before you as a proud parent, son, obviously a member of this community,” Jordan said. “My mother, my brothers, my daughter, my grandson, we all represent the name Michael Jordan. You see my name, but yet you see a lot of people behind me and the commitment, especially from my mom, about caring for other people and being a part of a community that matters.”
“I can only do this in gratitude… I can never repay what you’ve actually given to me, but this is a start.” - Michael Jordan, Hornets Chairman & Owner https://t.co/xzsOCvpMPK— Charlotte Hornets (@hornets) October 17, 2019
The Novant Health Michael Jordan Family Medical Clinic is open for business!📍3149 Freedom Drive Charlotte, NC 28202 pic.twitter.com/gbS2AzZInA— Novant Health (@NovantHealth) October 17, 2019
The clinic is set in a low-income section of the city and offer treatment to those who are uninsured or underinsured, in both emergency situations and via preventative care. Jordan says he sees this as just the beginning of what he’d like to do for the community. He was raised in North Carolina and promised he would be doing more, saying “This is just the start of a battle of being able to touch as many people as we can.”