A teary-eyed Michael Jordan just unveiled the first of 2 medical clinics that he will be funding in Charlotte to provide much needed care for struggling families in our community.
The Hornets owner and NBA legend began to shed a few tears during his speech at the grand opening of the $7 million Novant Health Michael Jordan Family Medical Clinic.
“This is a very emotional thing for me to be able to give back to a community that has supported me over the years,” Jordan said.
The new center is located in the heart of Charlotte’s west side at 3149 Freedom Drive;
The Novant Health Michael Jordan Family Medical Clinic is open for business!📍3149 Freedom Drive Charlotte, NC 28202 pic.twitter.com/gbS2AzZInA
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According to census bureau data, there are now over 100,000 Charlotteans who don’t have any kind of health insurance. Those affected most are children of single-parent families living in troubled areas, who often face difficulty accessing primary and mental health services, and a lack of healthcare education and preventive care. The two new clinics hope to address these issues in areas that will be identified by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Opportunity Task Force as the most at-risk for generational poverty.
“As a longtime partner, we are thrilled that Michael Jordan continues to support Novant Health and our mission to improve the health of our communities, one person at a time,” said Carl Armato, president and CEO of Novant Health. “This gift will transform the lives of thousands of families and children living in poverty-stricken communities. We are thankful to Michael for his generosity. The gift will remove barriers to high-quality health care in some of the most vulnerable communities.”
In their first 5 years, the new ‘Novant Health Michael Jordan Clinics’ are projected to provide care to 35,000 children and adults who now have virtually no access to healthcare.