Michael Jordan Donates $1 Million-Plus To Bahamas Hurricane Relief

Isheka N. Harrison
Written by Isheka N. Harrison
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FILE – In this Aug. 21, 2015, file photo, former NBA star and current owner of the Charlotte Hornets, Michael Jordan, smiles at reporters in Chicago. Jordan is donating $7 million to at-risk communities in Charlotte to launch two medical clinics in troubled areas of the city. It’s the largest philanthropic donation ever by the former NBA champion. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

Michael Jordan’s latest investment is in helping people. The iconic NBA legend announced he would donate over $1 million to relief efforts for the Bahamas, which was ravaged by Hurricane Dorian, reported Daily News.

In a statement published by his manager Estee Portnoy on Twitter, Jordan said he was “devastated to see the destruction that Hurricane Dorian has brought to the Bahamas,” adding his “heart goes out to everyone who is suffering and to those who have lost loved ones.” The basketball Hall of Famer said he owns property on the island and visits often.

A record-breaking Category 5 storm, Dorian sat over Bahamas for nearly two days straight making landfall Sept. 2. The islands of Abaco and Grand Bahamas were nearly obliterated, with few buildings surviving the storm.

According to a recent report by ABC News, 1,300 people have been registered as unaccounted for in the island nation. The official death toll is 50, but the number is expected to increase drastically. Over 70,000 survivors are reportedly homeless.

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Jordan added that “Bahamian people are strong and resilient” and wished them well in their recovery. It is not the first time Jordan has stepped up to the plate after a natural disaster.

He also donated $2 million to his native North Carolina after Hurricane Florence for hurricane relief efforts last year.