National Basketball Association legend and Charlotte Hornets majority owner Michael Jordan is donating $7 million to open two medical clinics in underserved and poverty stricken Charlotte, N.C., communities, reports The Charlotte Observer.
According to NBC affiliate WMBF, the clinics will serve some of the most at-risk and underserved communities in Charlotte and are expected to open in late 2020.
Jordan added that he hopes they "will help provide a brighter and healthier future for the children and families they serve".
Novant (formerly known as Presbyterian) has been sponsoring the Hornets (formerly known as Bobcats) over the years.
Portnoy said Jordan, 54, was motivated by a study that found poor children in Charlotte have the worst odds of those of any of the top 50 cities in the United States to lift themselves out of poverty. The Charlotte-Mecklengburg Opportunity Task Force revealed a wide-ranging report seeking solutions to city's economic-mobility problems. "The gift will remove barriers to high-quality health care in some of the most vulnerable communities". Novant estimated that over five years the clinics will care for nearly 35,000 children and adults, with the potential to decrease emergency room use by 68% and decrease hospitalization by 37%.
Over the years, one of the biggest criticisms of Jordan has been his neutrality on social and political issues.
The healthcare service is not the only thing Jordan chipped in. The Hall of Famer spoke up when Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling was forced out for racist comments in 2014, and again in the summer of 2016, when he condemned the killing of African-Americans by police.