Michael Jordan is donating $7 million to help open up two medical clinics in poor areas of the city of Charlotte.
This donation is being given to health care provider Novant Health to open Novant Health Michael Jordan family clinics in northwest and north Charlotte, two of the poorest regions in the city. According to Jordan's spokeswoman Estee Portnoy, Jordan has been in discussion with Novant, the official health care provider of the Charlotte Hornets, for a little over a year regarding the donation.
"Michael really wanted to do something personally, he and his family, in the North Carolina area, separate from the work we’ve done with the Hornets," Portnoy told the Charlotte Observer. This donation will hopefully bring health care to a lot of people who otherwise have limited healthcare services. In a statement, Jordan says he hopes it will, "will help provide a brighter and healthier future for the children and families they serve."
Both Novant clinics will offer family physicians, pediatricians, behavioral health, physical therapy, social work, oral health, and family-planning services. They are estimated to care for roughly 35,000 children and adults in the area, and are expected to open in 2020.