WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Michael Jordan continues giving back to his alma mater.
Laney High School Athletic Director Fred Lynch confirmed Thursday that the NBA legend has donated a gift of more than $1.1 million to the school.
The money will be split in two, with half going toward the athletic department. The other half will be used for projects that the school sees as most necessary.
Jordan starred at Laney in the early 1980s before heading on to UNC and a Hall of Fame career in the NBA. He now owns the Charlotte Hornets. Laney’s gym bears his name, and he and his Nike Air Jordan brand have helped support the school through the years, including royalties from sales of Jordan’s Laney jersey and an ad campaign that featured the Laney logo.
Jordan also played baseball at Laney. During his time there his family donated $1,500 to help fund construction of the school’s baseball field, according to his senior yearbook.