Six-time NBA champion Michael Jordan is celebrating his 60th birthday on Friday by making a $10 million donation to Make-A-Wish
It is the largest donation ever received from an individual in the organization’s 43-year history.
Jordan’s hope is that his decision to celebrate his birthday by donating to Make-A-Wish will inspire others to help fulfill the wishes of the kids still waiting for their wishes to come true.
“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. Witnessing their strength and resilience during such a tough time in their lives has truly been an inspiration.”
Jordan said in a news release
Jordan, now the owner of the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets, first supported Make-A-Wish in 1989.
Jordan has been working in conjunction with Make-A-Wish since 1989. Over the last three decades, he has granted wishes to hundreds of children and remains one of the most-requested wish-granters for the foundations.
“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,” Make-A-Wish America president and CEO Leslie Motter said.
In 2008, Make-A-Wish appointed Jordan as a Chief Wish Ambassador for the “life-changing impacts he has had on wish kids and their families.”
“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,” Jordan said.
Now, with his 60th birthday coming up on Friday, the Charlotte Hornets owner hopes other people will be inspired to help children across the globe.