Michael Jordan Donates $10 Million To The Make-A-Wish Foundation

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Michael Jordan’s career is one to make note of. Aside from his basketball career highlights, he also makes sure to do his philanthropy work. Ahead of his birthday this Friday, the NBA superstar has donated a historic amount of money to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Jordan, who will be turning 60, has officially made the largest donation by an individual in the foundation’s 43-year history, with $10 million. He said in a statement that he hopes his donation will inspire others to donate to the charity.

“For the past 34 years, it’s been an honor to partner with Make-A-Wish and help bring a smile and happiness to so many kids,” he said. “Witnessing their strength and resilience during such a tough time in their lives has truly been an inspiration.”

Michael Jordan first supported Make-A-Wish by granting his first wish in 1989. According to the organization, he has granted hundreds of wishes to children all over the world. He is also one of the most requested celebrity wish granters.

In 2008, he was named Make-A-Wish chief wish ambassador. The organization touted the “life-changing impacts he has had on wish kids and their families.”

“Everyone knows about Michael’s legacy on the basketball court, but it’s what he has consistently done off the court when no one’s watching that makes him a true legend for wish families and the wider Make-A-Wish community,” commented Leslie Motter, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish America. 

“I can’t think of a better birthday gift than seeing others join me in supporting Make-A-Wish so that every child can experience the magic of having their wish come true,” Micahel Jordan said.

Jordan is a six-time NBA champion, five-time MVP winner, 14-time All Star, and a Hall of Famer. He now owns the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets. He also has a net worth of $1.7 billion.