Michael Jordan celebrates 60th Birthday with the largest Make-A-Wish donation ever

Jalyn Smoot

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Basketball Hall of Famer Michael Jordan celebrated his 60th birthday with a record-setting $10 million donation to Make-A-Wish America, the organization announced.

The charitable gift is the largest from an individual in the organization’s 43-year history.

Jordan has been a proud partner of Make-A-Wish for over three decades and hopes his latest contributions brings joy to children across the country.

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.  “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.”

Jordan made his first Make-A-Wish donation in 1989. Since then, the NBA icon has fulfilled the wishes of hundreds of kids across the globe, according to the organization.

The former Chicago Bulls star has been one of the most requested celebrity wish granters. Even during his prime, the former NBA MVP made time for wish kids.

Eager to put a smile on kids' faces, Jordan has repeatedly partnered with the organization and was named the Make-A-Wish Chief Wish Ambassador for the life-changing impact he has had on wish kids and their families.

Chief Wish Ambassador is just one in a long list of titles and accolades for Jordan.

During his illustrious career, Jordan earned six NBA championships, six NBA Finals MVP Awards, 11 All-NBA Team selections, 14 NBA All-Star selections, three NBA All-Star Game MVP Awards, 10 scoring titles, an NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award, an NBA Rookie of the Year Award, and selections to the NBA’s 50th and 75th Anniversary Teams.

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Jordan also possesses one of the most impressive career highlight reels ever, as his gravity-defying dunks and clutch shots helped culminate an era of dominance and fame in Chicago.

Despite his on-court heroics, Make-A-Wish president and CEO Leslie Motter wants Jordan to be honored for his charitable spirit.

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,” said Leslie Motter, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish America. “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.”

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