The National Museum of African American History and Culture announced that Basketball legend Michael Jordan has donated $5 million, according to The Washington Post.
Jordan’s contribution is now the largest contribution from a sports figure to the organization, which tallies private donations to $278 million.
President Obama is set to open the Smithsonian on September 24th. That’s not all! The legendary basketball star also presented the museum with a jersey he wore during the 1996 NBA finals. In honor of Jordan’s donation, the museum will recognize a section of its sports collection as the Michael Jordan Hall.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to support this museum. I also am indebted to the historic contributions of community leaders and athletes such as Jesse Owens, whose talent, commitment and perseverance broke racial barriers and laid the groundwork for the successful careers of so many African-Americans in athletics and beyond,” Jordan said.
Lonnie G. Bunch, the museum’s founding director, says she greatly appreciates Jordan’s contribution.
“His gift will enable our visitors to explore how sports were used to break barriers as a way to gain full participation in American society,” Bunch expressed.
The museum, which is currently under construction on the Mall, was authorized by Congress in 2003 and will be housed between the Washington Monument and the National Museum of American History.