Michael Jordan Grant Program supports Birmingham education

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The support received from the Jordan Community Grant Program will be further invested in Birmingham City Schools. (Birmingham City Schools / Facebook)

As a basketball legend and former player for the Birmingham Barons, Michael Jordan is not only one of the greatest basketball players in history, but he is also leaving a legacy off the court.

Part of his efforts include the Black Community Commitment, which was established in 2020 as an initiative of Jordan’s Community Grant Program. The Birmingham Education Foundation has been selected for a one-year sizable grant from this program.

Birmingham Education Foundation

According to the Birmingham Business Journal, $2.3 million in grant funds were awarded to 48 organizations nationwide in honor of Jordan’s 60th birthday. One of the fortunate recipients was The Birmingham Education Foundation. Jordan’s grant program supports the foundation’s mission, which is to connect students to resources and create an environment that allows students to reach their full potential.

The Birmingham Education Foundation could not disclose the amount of the grant but will use the funding to increase the number of students in the Birmingham City Schools served by its programs. Efforts will additionally be made to further invest in the Education Innovation Initiative, which is designed to support students and families in Birmingham City Schools.

The executive director of the Birmingham Education Foundation spoke to Birmingham Business Journal about their initiatives moving forward with this grant.

“Our strategy is simple: Start where there is a need. And when you get there, take the time to understand the need and introduce solutions to address it.”

Ashley Samuels, Executive Director, Birmingham Education Foundation

Michael Jordan’s Black Community Commitment

Michael Jordan’s Community Grant Program is an initiative through the 10-year, $100 million Black Community Commitment. The focus areas of this initiative include:

  • Economic justice
  • Education
  • Narrative change
  • Social justice

The Birmingham Education Foundation fulfills the local connection to these key focus areas.

As stated in the Birmingham Business Journal, Jordan grants are awarded once a year to nonprofit organizations that are seeking action and providing solutions to improve Black lives in their communities.

“Through the support of Michael Jordan and the Black Community Commitment, we will be able to further our commitment to meeting the needs of our amazing community.”

Ashley Samuels, Executive Director, Birmingham Education Foundation

This grant is a slam dunk for Birmingham City Schools– and we think the rest of The Magic City would agree!

Follow along on Michael Jordan’s grant program initiatives at his website.

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Callie Morrison
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