Months before the COVID-19 crisis came through and further exposed the inconsistencies in access to quality healthcare in America, the first of the Michael Jordan Family Clinics was opened. Stationed in Charlotte, North Carolina, the medical facilities, which currently includes two clinics, are the result of a partnership with Novant Health, as well as a $7 million donation from His Airness, Michael Jordan. The clinics have reportedly provided access to services such as primary care, behavioral health support and administered COVID-19 vaccines to more than 4,500 patients, whether or not they’ve had health insurance. The cultural icon is now pledging another $10 million in an attempt to open two more clinics in North Carolina.
“I am very proud to once again partner with Novant Health to expand the Family Clinic model to bring better access to critical medical services in my hometown,” said Jordan, owner of the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets and NASCAR’s 23XI Racing. “Everyone should have access to quality health care, no matter where they live, or whether or not they have insurance.”
The first of the two new MJ-sponsored clinics is scheduled to open its doors in 2022 and will service Wilmington, North Carolina and neighboring communities. The new additions to the Michael Jordan Family Clinics will be located a little closer to home for the Hall of Famer. The Brooklyn-born Jordan was raised in Wilmington and launched his legendary basketball career playing for Wilmington’s Emsley A. Laney High School. “Wilmington holds a special place in my heart and it’s truly gratifying to be able to give back to the community that supported me throughout my life,” said the six-time NBA Champion.
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Michael Jordan’s latest philanthropic move is a part of the legendary athlete’s often overlooked history of giving back. Over the years, he and his Jordan Brand have shelled out millions in donations to organizations like the NAACP, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and Habitat for Humanity and to causes like education and natural disaster relief. Major contributions from Air Jordan have helped fund the iconic Spike Lee joint Malcolm X and the National Museum of African American History and Culture.
The basketball legend joined in the fight against racial injustice in 2020 following the murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd and others. Jordan Brand announced that over the course of the next 10 years it will give $100 million to organizations that are “dedicated to ensuring racial equality, social justice and greater access to education.” MJ, who has hosted high profile charitable events like the Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational golf tournament, even gave away at least $2 million in proceeds from his epic The Last Dance documentary.
An incredible gift to be thankful for – NBA legend Michael Jordan is donating $2 million to help our neighbors facing hunger! #TheLastDance
Every action makes a difference. Join Michael & visit https://t.co/ExF6iX3wr7 to learn how you can donate or volunteer this holiday season. pic.twitter.com/UVUFQlbe0p
— Feeding America (@FeedingAmerica) November 25, 2020