NBA legend Michael Jordan returns home to give back to storm victims

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Charlotte Hornets owner and basketball legend Michael Jordan was in the Port City Tuesday giving back to Hurricane Florence victims.

Jordan, who grew up in Wilmington, visited the Lowe’s Home Improvement on South College Road to distribute hundreds meals to families impacted by the storm.

“We know he’s a celebrity we know he has a status but to come down here and be with regular people is refreshing,” said Winter Butcher who was able to get a turkey and handshake from the NBA legend.

The six-time NBA champion then gave away Jordan Brand shoes to children at Community Boys & Girls Club Tuesday where he once played.

“All the games in a competition nature that we had in these buildings, in this building helped me determine my determination and helped me excel as a basketball player,” Jordan said. “So I mean I would that the kids would have the same opportunities and that’s all we can provide. That’s what I am going to try to do.”

Lowe’s Home Improvement also donated $100,000 to fix damages at the facility caused by the storm.

Back in September, Jordan donated $2 million to assist residents of the Carolinas — $1 million each to the American Red Cross and the Foundation For The Carolinas’ Hurricane Florence Response Fund.

“At the end of the day, it makes you think about the path that you have taken, and where your life has taken you,” Jordan said in September. “And I just feel like, well, maybe if I can help in some sort of way all of the people, and all of the places, that have helped me along the road.”


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