NBA legend Michael Jordan has pledged to give $1 million dollars to the hurricane relief efforts in the Bahamas. Hurricane Dorian has left more than 70,000 people homeless in the Bahamas and at least 50 people dead. On Twitter, Jordan's manager posted his thoughts, "I am devastated to see the destruction that Hurricane Dorian has brought to the Bahamas, where I own property and visit frequently."
This isn't Jordan's first gift to disaster relief. Last year, he donated $2 million dollars to recovery efforts in North Carolina following Hurricane Florence. Like with that gift, Jordan plans to vet local nonprofits and contribute to those who have the most impact.
Why We Like It
Jordan's first gift to hurricane relief was significant, but made sense given his history in North Carolina. That hurricane impacted the state in which he lived. This gift to the Bahamas is a little less obvious which arguably makes it more compelling. Jordan visits the Bahamas often, and has grown to love and care for the islands and the people. The contrast between a professional athlete's lifestyle and the daily reality of the majority of Bahamians can be quite stark. It can be easy to assume that wealthy vacationers - like Jordan - aren't invested in the local communities and economies they visit. However, with this extraordinary gift, Jordan proves that he isn't detached or indifferent. He is emotionally connected to the country and has made a heartfelt donation to help it rebuild and recover.
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