American basketball legend Michael Jordan is celebrating his 60th birthday by giving $10 million to Make-A-Wish America, the largest donation made by an individual in the foundation’s 43-year history.
“For the past 34 years, it’s been an honor to partner with Make-A-Wish and help bring a smile and happiness to so many kids,” explains Michael Jordan. “Witnessing their strength and resilience during such a tough time in their lives has truly been an inspiration. I can’t think of a better birthday gift than seeing others join me in supporting Make-A-Wish so that every child can experience the magic of having their wish come true.”
The NBA Hall of Famer and Charlotte Hornets owner granted his first wish in 1989 and went on to grant hundreds of them over the years to children all over the world. In 2008, Jordan was named Make-A-Wish ambassador “for the life-changing impact he has had on wish kids and their families” as per the Foundation. Holder of five Most Valuable Player awards, and six titles over the course of his 15 years in the NBA, Jordan gave millions of dollars to social and charitable causes throughout his career.