Jordan Brand Presents $100,000 Donation to Make-A-Wish Foundation®
February 12, 2009
PHOENIX, Ariz. (Feb. 12, 2009) – Today, Jordan Brand, a division of NIKE, Inc., teamed up with the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant two deserving teenagers their fondest wishes; the chance to attend the All-Star game and its weekend of festivities as well as meet Michael Jordan and All-Star Team Jordan athlete Chris Paul. Jordan, the newly appointed Chief Wish Ambassador for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, enhanced the teens’ wishes with a surprise appearance during a special luncheon where Jordan Brand executives presented the Foundation with a check for $100,000.
Today’s event marks the first engagement since Michael Jordan was named a national spokesperson for the Make-A-Wish Foundation last month at his MJCI golf tournament in Nassau, Bahamas. Michael Jordan, who has granted more than 175 wishes over the past two decades, is assisting the nonprofit organization’s efforts to increase wish granting nationwide.
“These kids are incredibly brave and their stories are beyond inspiring,” said Michael Jordan. “On behalf of the Jordan Brand, our Team Jordan athletes and myself, we’d like to thank the Make-A-Wish Foundation for providing us with the opportunity to make wishes come true for these amazing children and their supportive families.”
The Make-A-Wish Foundation and Jordan Brand together selected the wish recipients, who continue to contend with life-threatening medical conditions. Joshua Finney, of Charlotte, N.C., and Samuel Benjamin of Glendale, Ariz., both 17, wished to attend and experience the All-Star game. A third wish recipient, Austin Nebgen of Phoenix, wished for a shopping spree in New York City and a laptop computer signed by his favorite athletes, which Jordan Brand and the Make-A-Wish Foundation will grant in the coming weeks.
“We are honored to partner with Jordan Brand to grant these wishes, and we thank them for their generosity,” said David Williams, Make-A-Wish Foundation of America president and chief executive officer. “Every year, there are thousands of deserving children that request wishes; this contribution will help us make an even greater impact on children’s lives.”
Jordan Brand’s donation is part of its overall corporate responsibility efforts to inspire youth and give back to the communities it serves. The $100,000 donation will go toward wishes the Make-A-Wish Foundation granted during All-Star Weekend and will ensure that many more are fulfilled in the future.
About the Make-A-Wish Foundation
The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Founded in 1980 when a group of caring volunteers helped a young boy fulfill his dream of becoming a police officer, the Foundation is now the largest wish-granting charity in the world, with 66 chapters in the United States and its territories. With the help of generous donors and more than 26,000 volunteers, the Make-A-Wish Foundation grants a wish every 40 minutes and has granted more than 174,000 wishes in the United States since its inception. For more information about the Make-A-Wish Foundation, visit www.wish.org and discover how you can share the power of a wish®.
About Jordan Brand
A division of NIKE, Inc., Jordan Brand is a premium brand of footwear, apparel and accessories inspired by the dynamic legacy, vision and direct involvement of Michael Jordan. The Jordan Brand made its debut in 1997 and has grown into a complete collection of performance and lifestyle products. The Jordan Brand remains active in the community by donating a portion of its proceeds to Jordan Fundamentals, an education grants program for teachers.
For more information on Jordan Brand, visit www.Jumpman23.com.