Former NBA superstar Michael Jordan donated $2 million Tuesday to help the victims of Hurricane Frances, which devastated the Carolinas, ESPN reports.
The Charlotte Hornets owner gave $1 million to the American Red Cross and another $1 million to the Foundation For The Carolinas’ Hurricane Florence Response Fund.
Jordan played high school basketball in Wilmington, North Carolina, before his legendary run in the NBA.
“It just hits home,” Jordan told The Associated Press. “I know all of those places: Wilmington, Fayetteville, Myrtle Beach, New Bern and Wallace, which is where my father is from. So quite naturally it hits home, and I felt like I had to act in a sense that this is my home.”
Jordan, who has family in coastal North Carolina, said he knew he had to help after seeing the destruction that Florence caused.
“At the end of the day, it makes you think about the path that you have taken, and where your life has taken you,” Jordan said. “And I just feel like, well, maybe if I can help in some sort of way all of the people, and all of the places, that have helped me along the road.”
He said that his family was unharmed by the storm and that he would visit them once the area is safe.
Members of the Hornets organization will also assist in packing disaster food boxes Friday at Charlotte’s Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina, according to ESPN.
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