Michael Jordan Gifts $7M for Medical Clinics In Charlotte, NC Communities


Hornets owner Michael Jordan is donating $7 million to launch medical clinics that he hopes will help at-risk communities in Charlotte.

Jordan's decision to fund clinics was predominantly influenced by a 2014 study from Harvard and the University of California at Berkeley that indicated that poor children in Charlotte are less likely to get out of poverty.

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Jordan's spokesperson Estee Portnoy told The Associated Press that the Charlotte Hornets basketball team owner "feels so great about being able to impact the Charlotte community and help people who really deserve it. Michael and Novant are really excited about this project".

The clinics are expected to open in 2020, with Novant estimating to help 35,000 children and adults who don't now have access to primary care. "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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Lack of access to proper health care was a leading issue for those in poverty, according to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Opportunity Task Force, a council that was put together to combat the poverty problems that the city faces.

Armato said the two clinics will offer not only family physicians and pediatricians, but also behavioral health, physical therapy, social work, oral health and family-planning services. However, based on occurrences in recent years, it appears MJ has taken heed to the charge and has opted to appeal our more, addressing controversial topics such as the NC Bathroom Bill, the GSW White House "uninvite" From President Trump, and the National Football League protests.

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The Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture had received a $5 million gift from Jordan a year ago.