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Tue 16 February 2021:

Basketball legend Michael Jordan is donating $10 million to launch two medical clinics in underserved communities near his hometown in North Carolina, a regional health care system announced Monday.

 The clinics, which are planned to open in 2022, will provide health services for people who do not have any or adequate health insurance in Wilmington, New Hanover County, according to a statement by Novant Health on Monday.

The regional health care network that serves in four states said the donation will bring health care to more rural and rural-adjacent communities in the region.

“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.”



Jordan previously gave $7 million to open Michael Jordan Family Clinics in Charlotte in 2019 and 2020. Those clinics have since seen more than 4,500 patients and have administered nearly 1,000 COVID-19 vaccines, Novant Health said.

Although born in Brooklyn, New York, Jordan’s family moved to Wilmington when he was five. He attended University of North Carolina where he made the game-winning shot in the 1982 NCAA National Championship.

Jordan was selected in the 1984 NBA Draft by the Chicago Bulls where he spent the majority of his career winning six championships and earning six NBA Finals Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award.

He was honored with five NBA MVP Awards during regular seasons, while he is referred to as “the greatest basketball player of all time,” according to his official biography on NBA encyclopedia archive.




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