Amid the devastation left behind by Hurricane Florence, former NBA superstar Michael Jordan pledged to donate $2 million to help those impacted by the storm.
Jordan, 55, who grew up Wilmington, North Carolina, told The Associated Press Tuesday that he believed he “had to act in a sense that this is my home,” FOX NEWS reports.
“You gotta take care of home, Wilmington truly is my home. Kept thinking about all those places I grew up going to, and the deaths – it was so sad about the babies that died, including one in Gaston County. You don’t want to see any of that anywhere, but when it’s home, that’s tough to swallow.
People need to understand this will not be a week-long process. This is going to have a huge disruption on people’s lives – not for 10 days, but for years.
I hope people understand the importance of this and direct their attention to making things better.”
In addition to Jordan’s contribution, the Hornets are making two other initiatives:
▪ Team personnel will gather Friday to pack thousands of disaster food boxes in partnership with the Second Harvest Food Bank of the Metrolina and Food Lion.
▪ Also, the Hornets are partnering with Fanatics on a hurricane relief T-shirt. The net proceeds from sales of that Hornets “Carolina Strong” T-shirt will go to the Foundation for the Carolinas relief fund. Those T-shirts can be ordered online at hornetsfanshop.com
Jordan has made a number of major charitable contributions in recent years: He pledged $7 million toward opening two family medical clinics in at-risk and under-served areas in Charlotte. He also donated $5 million to the National Museum of African-American History and Culture in 2016. Charlotte Observer
In a time when U.S. athletes are promotinh hate and anti-america messages, taking a knee and throwing up black power fists, Michael Jordan proves by his actions what it means to be an American.
Hey Nike, HERE is your real spokesman!
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