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Michael Jordan donates $7 million to help at-risk communities in Charlotte

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Charlotte Hornets owner and NBA legend Michael Jordan will help start up two medical clinics in North Carolina by donating $7 million, according to Deon Roberts and Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer.

It’s the largest philanthropic donation ever by the former NBA champion. The donation will fund two Novant Health Michael Jordan Family Clinics, which are projected to open in 2020.

“Through my years of working with Novant Health, I have been impressed with their approach and their commitment to the community,” Jordan, a North Carolina native, said in a release Monday. “It is my hope that these clinics will help provide a brighter and healthier future for the children and families they serve.”

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Children born in Charlotte have the worst odds of escaping poverty of any major city in the country, according to one Harvard-led study. Jordan had been in talks with North Carolina-based Novant — the Hornets’ official health care provider since the franchise’s inception — for more than a year to find ways to help families and children in poverty.

“We are privileged to live in the world’s greatest country — a country that has provided my family and me the greatest of opportunities,” his Undefeated post said. “The problems we face didn’t happen overnight, and they won’t be solved tomorrow, but if we all work together, we can foster greater understanding, positive change and create a more peaceful world for ourselves, our children, our families, and our communities.”

Last August, Jordan donated $5 million to support the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African-American History and Culture. He also pledged $1 million each to the International Association of Chiefs of Police’s newly established Institute for Community-Police Relations and the NAACP Legal Defense Fund as a response to police shootings of African-Americans.

According to Forbes, the former NBA star has a net worth of $1.39 billion.

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