Michael Jordan is celebrating his 60th birthday on Feb. 17 by making a significant donation to Make-A-Wish America.
Jordan, who began supporting Make-A-Wish in 1989 and was named Make-A-Wish Chief Wish Ambassador in 2008, has donated $10 million, which marks the largest individual contribution in the nonprofit organization’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,” Jordan said in a press release. “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.”
President and CEO of Make-A-Wish America Leslie Motter praised Jordan’s continued support of the organization, while applauding the legacy he’s crafted off the court in his post-NBA career.
“Everyone knows about Michael’s legacy on the basketball court, but it’s what he has consistently done off the court when no one’s watching that makes him a true legend for wish families and the wider Make-A-Wish community,” Motter said.
“Michael using his birthday as a chance to make history for Make-A-Wish speaks to the quality of his character and his loyal dedication to making life better for children with critical illnesses. We hope that the public will be inspired to follow in his footsteps by helping make wishes come true.”