Michael Jordan’s Generosity Following the 9/11 Attacks

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Michael Jordan
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An economics graduate from the University of New Hampshire, Evan Loring serves as a senior manager at MSDI, a company based in Pembroke, Massachusetts. During his free time, Evan Loring plays several sports, including football, baseball, and basketball. He considers basketball player Michael Jordan one of his favorite athletes.

After several early challenges – including not making his high school’s basketball varsity team on the first try and only ranking third overall in the 1984 draft – Michael Jordan went on to become arguably the greatest basketball player of all time. With six NBA championships and five most valuable player awards under his belt, Jordan is a legend in the sport.

However, what many people are unfamiliar with is his generosity. During his first year out of retirement, Jordan played with the Washington Wizards, which offered him a salary of $1 million. He donated to the entirety of that amount to the recovery efforts following the 9/11 attacks. Jordan claims it was his way of giving back and aiding those who were in need at the time.

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Tom Brady and Best Buddies International

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Best Buddies International
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After several years as a Harvard football assistant coach working with the team’s wide receivers, Evan Loring now serves as a senior cloud solutions manager at Congruity, a comprehensive IT services company located in Pembroke, Massachusetts. When he has time, Evan Loring enjoys both playing and watching football, and one of his favorite NFL players is Tom Brady.

Tom Brady, the quarterback for the New England Patriots, devotes his resources to charity work with organizations such as Best Buddies International, a nonprofit dedicated to serving adults with physical or mental challenges. Best Buddies International pairs volunteers with developmentally challenged adults, encouraging inclusion and fostering relationships.

Tom Brady chairs the annual Best Buddies Challenge: Hyannis Port, a fundraising event where participants can choose to cycle from Boston to Hyannis Port, run or walk in a 5K hosted by Carl Lewis, or partake in the Tom Brady Football Challenge. The event culminates with a clambake and private concert hosted by Tom Brady and other celebrity guests.