Regarded as the greatest basketball player to ever lace up a pair of sneakers, NBA legend Michael Jordan has stepped up in support of victims in the hurricane relief efforts of The Bahamas.
The Hornets owner and six-time champion in the National Basketball Association (NBA) with the Chicago Bulls is pledging $1 million to organizations assisting with Hurricane Dorian relief efforts.
Jordan said in a statement Tuesday on Twitter through his spokeswoman Estee Portnoy that he’s “devastated” at the destruction in The Bahamas. He added: “My heart goes out to everyone who is suffering and to those who have lost loved ones.”
Jordan, who owns property in and frequently visits The Bahamas, said as the recovery and relief efforts continue, he will be tracking the situation closely and working to identify non-profit agencies where the funds will have the most impact.
He said: “The Bahamian people are strong and resilient and I hope that my donation will be of help as they work to recover from this catastrophic storm.”
The Category 5 storm hit The Bahamas last week, ravaging the islands of Abaco and Grand Bahama. The official death toll stands at 50, and is continuing to rise. Minister of Health Dr. Duane Sands said he believes the final number of deaths from the storm will be “staggering”. Thousands of people remain missing or displaced, with many others still in need of food, water and other basic necessities.
Last year Jordan donated $2 million toward Hurricane Florence relief efforts in his hometown of Wilmington, North Carolina.