UNC Basketball Alumni: Michael Jordan donates more than $1M to Laney High School

Michael Jordan is giving back to his high school in a big way, the former UNC and NBA legend announced this past week

Former North Carolina Tar Heels standout and NBA legend Michael Jordan is giving back to his High School in Wilmington, North Carolina.

Jordan announced he was donating more than $1M to Laney High School on Thursday afternoon, dating back to a portion of sales from an Air Jordan V dubbed “Laney” from 2013. Jordan Brand released the colorway of the popular Air Jordan V and included in the contract with the school that portions would be donated back.

WECT 6 has more details on the donation including a quote from Athletic Director Fred Lynch:

“Mike decided that he wanted to take care of Laney High School,” said Laney Athletic Director Fred Lynch. “With him and his attorneys wanting to make sure that it would go entirely to Laney High School. So, Mike is still the man.”

Half of the gift will go to athletics and the other half of the donation will go to other projects the school chooses.

Jordan was a graduate of Laney High School in 1981 before attending the University of North Carolina that next Fall. From there, Jordan would spend three seasons at UNC and would win the National Championship with the Tar Heels in 1982 over Georgetown by hitting a legendary shot to give his squad the lead.

Jordan went on to have a historic career with the Chicago Bulls, winning six NBA Championships, six NBA Finals MVP’s, five NBA MVP’s and was a 13-time NBA All-Star.  While dominating in college and the NBA, Jordan never forgot where he came from and that continued into his retirement.

He launched the “Laney” colorway of the Air Jordan V in 2013 and now, six years later those proceeds are coming back to the school.  The “Laney” colorway features a white upper that is accented by blue and yellow throughout to represent the school’s colors.

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