Billionaire basketball legend Michael Jordan has donated $2 million for hurricane relief in North Carolina.
Jordan grew up playing high school basketball in Wilmington, North Carolina, and also played for the Tar Heels.
The six-time NBA champion and Charlotte Hornets owner donated $2 million on Tuesday to assist residents of the Carolinas. $1 million each to the American Red Cross and the Foundation For The Carolinas’ Hurricane Florence Response Fund.
“It just hits home,” Jordan told The Associated Press in an interview. “I know all of those places: Wilmington, Fayetteville, Myrtle Beach, New Bern, and Wallace, which is where my father is from. So quite naturally it hits home, and I felt like I had to act in a sense that this is my home.”
“I have been one of the lucky ones to move on and build an unbelievable career,” Jordan also mentioned. “It just makes it a little more special when you can actually help out an area you know very, very well.”
Along with the donations, more than 100 members of the Hornets organization will help pack disaster food boxes at Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina in Charlotte, North Carolina on Friday. The disaster food boxes, which provide individual meals, and will be distributed to those directly impacted by the hurricane.
As part of the Hornets' effort to assist those affected by Hurricane Florence, Chairman Michael Jordan will be making a donation to the relief and recovery efforts: https://t.co/P598eC8M1O
— Charlotte Hornets (@hornets) September 18, 2018