NBA Legends Jordan And Shaq Fund Health And Homes For Strangers
The former basketball stars may have been rivals on the court but when it comes to being charitable, they're on the same team.
Michael Jordan and Shaquille O'Neal are wealthy businessmen now, but the gifted athletes haven't forgotten what it's like to be less fortunate.
Jordan, whose Forbes-estimated personal net worth of $2.7 billion makes him the highest-paid athlete of all time, opened the Michael Jordan Family Medical Clinic in Charlotte, North Carolina on Thursday local time to serve uninsured and underinsured locals.
The six-time NBA champion donated $10.2 million to Novant Health to build two state-of-the-art medical facilities in the state where he grew up.
Meanwhile, O'Neal, who has a personal fortune of roughly $580 million, bought a home for the family of a 12-year-old paralysed in a shooting incident.
Atlanta-based Isaiah Payton was struck by a bullet during a high school football game in August. Payton was left paralysed, according to CBS Atlanta.
After Payton's mother, Allison Woods, had to quit her job to take care of her son and look for an accessible home to live in, O'Neal stepped up to help.
"I was watching the story and it's just sad. It could have been any one of us. It could have been my son," O'Neal O'Neal told WXIA reporter Francesca Amiker.
"I'm going to get her some ring cameras on me. We're going to give her some furniture, TVs and pay her rent off for a year and help her get on her feet."
Another recent charitable act from O'Neal saw the basketball legend buyfor Zach Keith, 13, an underprivileged Georgia teen who already wears a size 18 shoe.
O'Neal, who wears a size 22 shoe, went through the same thing as a teen. "Mum couldn't afford shoes. The kid had big feet. I just kind of reminisced about how that used to be me, my mum and my dad," O'Neal told CBS Atlanta affiliate WGCL-TV.
O'Neal, 47, has financially supported numerous charities, including Boys & Girls Club of America, Free The Children, Phoenix House and Kids Wish Network.
His former on-court rival Jordan, 56, is also a philanthropist who has donated millions both personally and on behalf of the NBA team he owns, the Charlotte Hornets.
In 2016, Jordan gave $1.5 million each to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and the International Association of Chiefs of Police to address the issue of police-shootings and community policing.
That same year, he donated $7.3 million to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, DC.
During his new medical clinic's ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, Jordan said the clinic was about making an "impact" to be paid forward in the city.
"The money is not an issue for me, it's the commitment to be able to make a difference and make an impact," he said.
With CBS News.