Six-time NBA Champion and Finals MVP Michael Jordan announced early last month that he will be donating all of his proceeds from his upcoming ESPN Films and Netflix documentary series “The Last Dance” to Friends of the Children, a national nonprofit organization that pairs youth born into poverty with a salaried, professional mentor for their entire childhood, from kindergarten through their high school graduation. The donation, a multimillion-dollar investment, will help Friends of the Children expand its campaign to 25 cities by 2025 to empower more youth against the risks of dropping out of school, substance abuse, incarceration and teen parenting.
Jordan’s generosity towards the mentorship program was inspired by his gratitude for this own mentors, specifically his father and his college coach, Dean Smith, who changed his life. “What stood out to me about Friends of the Children was that they… commit to every child for 12 ½ years,” Jordan explains. “That dedication is important to me. My mentors believed in me and taught me the power of perseverance. I want youth in Friends of the Children to see that they have the same potential.”
With Jordan’s multimillion-dollar investment in Friends of the Children is an investment in the nation’s future. His efforts in empowering the youth through mentorship aid in breaking the cycle of generational poverty and give them hope to become more than cards they were dealt.
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