When you’re arguably the greatest basketball player in history, with 6 NBA Championships and 5 MVPs Awards under your belt, it can be pretty hard to top your own resume, but that doesn’t mean Michael Jordan is finished doing amazing things.
Now, 16 years after his retirement, the NBA All-Star is venturing out of the sports arena to open a medical clinic for the uninsured and underinsured in Charlotte, North Carolina.
M.J. grew up in North Carolina and currently owns the Charlotte Hornets so it makes sense that he would want to provide for the area where he has such deep roots. At the opening of the $7 million Novant Health Michael Jordan Family Medical Clinic, he was understandably emotional.
“This is a very emotional thing for me to be able to give back to a community that has supported me over the years, from when I was playing the game of basketball, to now when I’m a part of this community,” Jordan said, with tears streaming down his face.
The first of two clinics in the area being funded by His Airness, it will feature 12 exam rooms, an x-ray room, and a space for physical therapy, all in a lower-income area of the city.
According to a 2014 study out of Harvard and UC Berkeley, Charlotte ranks last on a list of 50 major cities when it comes to social and economic mobility for children born into poverty, so the need for affordable care is obvious and possibly life-changing.
A Novant press release claims that, over five years, the clinics “are projected to care for nearly 35,000 children and adults who do not currently have access to primary and preventive care or who use the emergency room for non-urgent medical needs.”
And this is supposedly only the beginning of Jordan’s contributions to his community. He hopes for this to be more than just a one-time contribution, adding, “This is just the start of a battle of being able to touch as many people as we can.”
If these clinics pan out the way he hopes, M.J. might be considered the G.O.A.T. for way more than just what he can do on the basketball court.