Michael Jordan lives with a lot on his plate. Just last weekend, the NBA superstar turned owner saw his newly-formed NASCAR team, 23XI, debut and make history at the Daytona 500.
Even so, he also seems to always find time to give back. The day after the race, Novant Health and Jordan jointly announced a $10 million donation made by the former Bulls star to open two medical clinics in New Hanover County, N.C., which contains Jordan's hometown of Wilmington. Jordan and Novant Health previously partnered to open two clinics in Charlotte thanks to a $7 million donation.
"I am very proud to once again partner with Novant Health to expand the Family Clinic model to bring better access to critical medical services in my hometown," Jordan said in a statement. "Everyone should have access to quality health care, no matter where they live, or whether or not they have insurance. Wilmington holds a special place in my heart and it's truly gratifying to be able to give back to the community that supported me throughout my life."
Still in the midst of a global pandemic that has ravaged countless communities at home and abroad, that sentiment is more important than ever. The two already-existing Michael Jordan Family Clinics in Charlotte have administered almost 1,000 COVID-19 vaccines to date, a statement from Novant Health said, and the two new facilities will focus on providing care to un/underinsured patients while expanding to include more "rural and rural-adjacent communities."
The two new facilities are currently scheduled to open in early 2022.