Michael Jordan Pledges $1 Million to Hurricane Dorian Relief Efforts in the Bahamas
Michael Jordan is already considered the Greatest Of All Time in the NBA. Now, the six-time champion with the Chicago Bulls-turned-owner of the Charlotte Hornets is emerging as a game-changer for hurricane relief efforts.
According to the Charlotte Observer’s Rick Bonnell, Michael has pledged $1 million to aid relief efforts in the Bahamas in the wake of the devastation wrought by Hurricane Dorian. This comes nearly a year after the basketball legend and shoe icon donated $2 million to help Wilmington, North Carolina—the coastal city in which he was raised—recover from Hurricane Florence.
Though Michael isn’t native to the Bahamas, he owns property there and has visited the island nation frequently over the years.
“My heart goes out to everyone who is suffering and to those who have lost loved ones,” Jordan said via a spokesperson. “As the recovery and relief efforts continue, I will be tracking the situation closely and working to identify non-profit agencies where the funds will have the most impact.
“The Bahamian people are strong and resilient, and I hope that my donation will be of help as they work to recover from this catastrophic storm.”
After stalling over the Bahamas for more than two days, Dorian left around 70,000 people homeless and contributed to at least 45 deaths in the country.
Michael is just the latest NBA luminary to lend a helping hand to the Bahamas in this time of need. Sacramento Kings guard Buddy Hield, a native of Freeport, previously gave $100,000 to the recovery, and has garnered donations from former NBA veteran Kevin Martin and current Atlanta Hawks point guard Trae Young on his GoFundMe page. Phoenix Suns center Deandre Ayton, who hails from the Bahamian capital of Nassau, has also donated $100,000 to the cause and encouraged others to contribute via social media.
Josh Martin is the Editorial Director of CloseUp360. He previously covered the NBA for Bleacher Report and USA Today Sports Media Group, and has written for Yahoo! Sports and Complex. He is also the co-host of the Hollywood Hoops podcast. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram.