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    Default My beef with Michael Jordan

    Michael Jordan probably has more celebrity power than any athlete in modern times, particularly among young black males.

    However, I don't recall ever seeing him in a public service campaign or endoresing a charity. I'm not saying he NEVER has, but I don't recall.

    My point is, I'd like to see him use his influence to do more to postitively influence kids. He could make an impact like no one else could.

    Also, considering his father was a victim of a violent crime (murder), I'd expect him to do more.

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    He started a Boys and Girls Club center in Chicago named for his father. He has a charity golf tournament, I know he used to be very active with the UNCF, and he's been very involved with the Special Olympics in North Carolina.

    Maybe I just see it more since I live around Chapel Hill where he's very high profile, but I frequently hear of charities he's involved with.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stardust View Post
    He started a Boys and Girls Club center in Chicago named for his father. He has a charity golf tournament, I know he used to be very active with the UNCF, and he's been very involved with the Special Olympics in North Carolina.

    Maybe I just see it more since I live around Chapel Hill where he's very high profile, but I frequently hear of charities he's involved with.
    I was thinking that he probably did more than the national public knew about.

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    He's done a ton of charity work in Chicago. He gave $5 million to Hales Franciscan High School, a Catholic high school on the south side that educates primarily black, poor young men. This is the foundation that he started in memory of his father:

    http://www.jamesjordanfoundation.com/

    He helps out the United Negro College Fund, Boys and Girls Club and Special Olympics. What more do you want?

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    I'd like to see a national campaign.

    I'd like to see him donate a portion of money made from his clothing and shoes go toward charity.

    I'd like to see him reach out to at-risk inner city kids with anti-drug and anti-violence messages.

    I want more.

    I'm not saying he has an obligation.
    I'm saying it would be the great if he would.

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    I did some research and found that others agree with me.
    This quote sums up what I was trying to say.

    "Couldn't the world's greatest endorser have sold us something besides shoes?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ground&Pound View Post
    I did some research and found that others agree with me.
    This quote sums up what I was trying to say.

    "Couldn't the world's greatest endorser have sold us something besides shoes?"
    Are you going to attribute that quote? Or do we get to guess?

    I'm not saying Michael is perfect, but he has done a whole lot without the public knowing it. He wants to be a private man now, and I don't understand where this beef is coming from. He has also become a big fan of the Fighting Illini recently, as his son is a walk-on for Illinois basketball.

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    I wonder if many of those simply aren't aware of what he does on a local level. I'd assume so. Let's be honest here, more of your dollar actually goes to those who need it when you give locally.

    When you give to the big national charities, a good portion of your dollar is taken up to pay for national ad campaigns, 100k salaries for the board members and other things. He's just being smart with his money and making sure that his money is actually getting put to good use.

    I have no problem with that. Then again, I'm not the type to tell other people what to do with their money and time. What does he care if you and some others around the country don't know that he gives millions to organizations that he supports?

    He and the many other wealthy in this country don't have to be like Oprah and have TV shows about what they give and who they give it too.

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    No matter what somebody does, there will always be those who say, "it isn't enough". Well frankly, Jordan isn't obligated to give anybody outside those who moved him along, anything. But he does in a quiet way anyhow.

    It is one of those..... no good deed goes unpunished type things I guess. I bet there are those who would still trash Bill Gates who is giving away his fortune as fast as he can without doing it stupidly. Ditto for Warren Buffet who at least had the Gates foundation to give away his billions safely too.
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