CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP)—Michael Jordan and his Bobcats NBA team donated $250,000 to middle-school athletics programs in Charlotte, North Carolina’s largest city.
The Charlotte Observer says the NBA hall-of-famer and North Carolina native announced the gift Monday.
Jordan, who made a fortune playing in the NBA and marketing his image as one of the world’s best-known athletes, talked about being a contributor to the Charlotte community when he bought the Bobcats this spring.
Charlotte schools cut $1.25 million from athletics programs this year and school officials announced a plan to charge students $50 for middle-schoolers and $100 high-schoolers who play.
“Our basketball team today planted roots deeply in our community,” Mayor Anthony Foxx said. “Michael Jordan knows from his own experience there are kids who accessed education by the hook of sports. It’s not just the athletic competition that a gift like this allows. It’s also the engagement in the classroom it enables.”