Published: Sun, October 20, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Michael Jordan opens health clinic for underprivileged in Charlotte

Michael Jordan opens health clinic for underprivileged in Charlotte

The Charlotte Hornets owner and National Basketball Association icon was on hand to preside over the official opening of the Novant Health Michael Jordan Family Medical Clinic.

"I've gone off and made my life in IL and other places", Jordan said, in reference to the prime of his career spent with the Chicago Bulls.

"I know where it all began", said Jordan at an opening ceremony for the new clinic. On Thursday, the former Chicago Bulls star attended the grand opening of the $7 million Novant Health Michael Jordan Family Medical Clinic and became emotional when discussing the opening of the facility.

"I stand here before you as a proud parent, son, obviously a member of this community", he went on to say his family deserve as much credit as him for getting the project off the ground. An emotional Jordan, while inaugurating the Novant Health Michael Jordan Family Medical Clinic, told the people in attendance that it was a matter of pride that he could support and provide for the community that supported him over the years.

The center has been in operation about three weeks, and more than 300 people have already been seen by staff doctors, social workers and other health-care professionals.

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In 2017, Jordan donated $7 million to Novant Health to build the facility along with a second location, also in Charlotte that has not yet been built. I can never repay what you have given to me, but this is a start.

Moreover, Jordan is the current owner of the Charlotte Hornets.

Jordan promised to do more, saying, "This is just the beginning of a battle to be able to touch as many people as we can".

The medical clinic is located in a low-income section of Charlotte and will provide care to individuals who might be uninsured and not able to afford such care.

West Charlotte is one of many communities in the Queen City, where residents face poverty and limited access to sufficient health care. "I think it's great", he continued", Jordan said.

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