NBA: Michael Jordan donates $7 M to build clinics

Michael Jordan (photo by Bryan Horowitz/ Flickr)

(photo by Bryan Horowitz/ Flickr)

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

It’s the largest ever by the former .

The donation will fund two , which are projected to open in 2020.

“It is my hope that these clinics will help provide a brighter and healthier future for the children and families they serve,” Jordan, who grew up in North Carolina, said in a release Monday.

Jordan’s spokeswoman said the 54-year-old NBA great 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.

Novant said the clinics will provide an avenue to affordable, high-quality care — including behavioral health, physical therapy, social work, oral health and family planning — to individuals in the community who have little or no health care.

The clinics are projected to care for nearly 35,000 children and adults who do not currently have access to primary and preventive care or who use the emergency room for non-urgent medical needs. (The Associated Press)

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