Michael Jordan Gives $2 Million to Florence Victims

By Chris Jasurek

Michael Jordan hasn’t been made headlines in quite a while. Once one of the greatest basketball players in the sport, the one-time Chicago Bulls superstar has been enjoying life as the owner of the Charlotte Hornets, an NBA team based in North Carolina.

Well, Mr. Jordan is back in the news—and not for anything sports-related. Instead, Michael Jordan is showing everyone how it is in another realm: generosity and compassion.

Michael Jordan is donating to Hurricane Florence victims
Michael Jordan, owner of the Charlotte Bobcats, unveils the new logo for team’s name change to “The Hornets” during their game at Time Warner Cable Arena on Dec. 21, 2013. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Jordan, whom many would argue is the greatest basketball player in the history of the sport, is donating two million dollars to help the victims of Hurricane Florence, TMZ reported.

One million of that is headed the American Red Cross. The other half is pledged to the Foundation For The Carolinas’ Hurricane Florence Response fund.

According to its website, “Donations to the Hurricane Florence Response Fund will be directed to nonprofits in North and South Carolina providing relief to victims of the storm.”

On top of that, the Charlotte Hornets have created “Carolina Strong” t-shirts, which it is selling to support recovery efforts. One hundred percent of the proceeds will be donated to help storm victims.

A Deadly Storm

The winds of Hurricane Florence were not as strong as some feared they would be when the hurricane hit the Carolina coast, but it still did plenty of damage due to the torrential rain.

The official death toll stands at 33 people at of the close of business on Sept. 18. Six were killed in South Carolina, 26 in North Carolina, and one person was killed by tornadoes spawned by the passing storm in the state of Virginia, Reuters reported.

In many parts of the Carolinas, the final damage figure cannot be estimated because the storm has not finished wreaking its will. Rising rivers are still causing fresh flooding as rain continues to fall.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation reported that 1,100 roads were still closed across North Carolina, including parts of of Interstates 40 and 95.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper told Reuters that sixteen rivers in the state have reached major flood stages, with three more expected to peak in the next two days, he said.

Houses sit in floodwater
Houses sit in floodwater caused by Hurricane Florence on the outskirts of Lumberton, N.C., on Sept. 17, 2018. (Jason Miczek/Reuters)

Governor Cooper warned that the flooding set off by as much as 3 feet of rain from Florence is far from over and will get worse in places.

The governor urged some 10,000 evacuees not to return home yet.

“I know for many people this feels like a nightmare that just won’t end,” he told the Associated Press.

According to the National Weather Service, Florence dumped more than eight trillion gallons of water on North Carolina.

A resident surveys a road inundated by water in Lumberton, N.C., on Sept. 18, 2018, following flooding from Hurricane Florence. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Free Braves Tickets to Storm Victims

The Atlanta Braves baseball team is also making an effort to cheer up people displaced by Hurricane Florence, according to TMZ.

The team offered free admission to people from North Carolina, South Carolina, or affected parts of Georgia—anyone who had to flee their homes as the storm bore down—to the team’s next three home games against the Washington Nationals Sept. 14–16.

Sounds like a deal—can’t stay home? Go see a Major League Baseball game for free.

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