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children in need, including the James R. Jordan Boys and Girls
“Wish Kids.” The youngsters and their families were treated to an
Club in Chicago and the Jordan Institute for Families at the
unforgettable weekend, including a private lunch with Jordan,
University of North Carolina. The Michael Jordan Celebrity
meet and greets with Bobcats and visiting Miami Heat players
Invitational has raised over $5 million for a number of very worthy
and VIP suite seats to watch the Bobcats take on both the Miami
causes since its inception.
Heat and the Dallas Mavericks.
Under Jordan’s leadership, the Bobcats have instituted a
Most recently, Jordan and the Bobcats launched the Cats Care
number of new charitable initiatives. In August 2010, the Bobcats
initiative with a day of service that included the team’s players
and Jordan made a $250,000 donation to the Charlotte-
and entire staff taking part in a beautification project at a local
Mecklenburg Schools scholarship fund to help defray the costs of
school, a backpack program at a Boys and Girls Club, a hospital
middle school athletics during the 2010-11 academic year. In
visit and serving dinner at a men's shelter.
role that sports plays in the lives of children at a critical time in their physical and emotional maturation.” The Charlotte Observer praised the donation, simply stating, “other groups should follow their lead.” Leading up to the holidays, the Bobcats’ “Season of Giving,”
Home at Last Throughout his NBA career, Jordan wore a pair of UNC shorts under his NBA uniform, as a testament to his love for his college team and his home state. It’s really no surprise that he has ended up back in North Carolina, the owner of an NBA franchise.
included donations of over $50,000 in cash, gift cards, food items
As a player, Jordan was all about winning and as the Bobcats’
and toys for kids to families and senior citizens throughout the
Chairman, he expects nothing less. One would expect he will not
rest until he wins another NBA Championship, this time as an
In February, Jordan hosted four Make-A-Wish Foundation
owner, back home in North Carolina.
MICHAEL JORDAN CELEBRITY INVITATIONAL
discussing the donation, Jordan said, “we recognize the important