August 30, 2010

Jordan donates money to save sports in NC

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Michael Jordan and his Bobcats NBA team will donate $250,000 to middle-school athletics programs in North Carolina's largest city.

The Charlotte Observer said the NBA hall-of-famer and North Carolina native will announce the gift Monday morning.

Charlotte schools cut $1.25 million cut from athletics programs this year and school officials announced a plan to charge students $50 for middle-schoolers and $100 high-schoolers who play.

There are 32 middle schools in the Charlotte area with teams in 13 sports. About 6,500 students play middle school sports.

Jordan attended middle school and high school in Wilmington before playing college basketball at the University of North Carolina and becoming one of the world's best-known athletes in the NBA with the Chicago Bulls.

When he bought the team earlier this year, Jordan said having the franchise be active in the community was important. He told the Observer this was a chance to do just that.

"We investigated the situation," he told the paper. "We looked for ways to help middle schools and this was one of the options presented to us. We took it because of the impact on middle schools and giving them the opportunity to play sports and as motivation for education as well."

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