- Legendary basketballer, Michael Jordan, has commissioned one of the two clinics he built for the community he grew up in - Charlotte, North Carolina
- Jordan was in tears as he declared the clinic open for use by both the insured and uninsured in the community
- The retired NBA player noted that he did not need his mother to remind him to give back to the community in which his career and fame started
Michael Jordan - who many regard as NBA's greatest all-time player for having won six titles with the Chicago Bulls - has decided to put a smile on the faces of the less privileged in Charlotte, North Carolina by building a clinic for them.
The basketball legend formally opened the Novant Health Michael Jordan Family Medical Clinic, which is one of two clinics being single-handedly financed by his family in North Carolina on Thursday, 17 October.
In an emotionally-laden voice, Jordan said: “This is a very emotional thing for me to be able to give back to a community that has supported me over the years.”
Speaking further at the opening, Jordan noted that he had gone off and made life in Illinois and other places playing basketball and got money and fame but that he knows where it all began for him. He also noted that he does not need his mother to constantly remind him about his humble beginning.
Jordan donated a whopping R106 million for the two clinics.
The two clinics will predictably serve no less than 35 000 children and adults over the next five years and they are expected to provide both primary health care services and also access to social workers, behavioural health experts, oral health practitioners and physical therapy.
Two years ago, Forbes magazine named Jordan as the world’s highest-paid athlete of all time while recently, another magazine, Business Insider, claimed the legendary basketballer earns more money in retirement than any active NBA player.
Michael Jordan’s nett worth is said to be about $1.9 billion - which is an estimated R28 billion.
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