Some people want it to happen. Some wish it would happen. Others make it happen. Michael Jordan has always made it happen.
Ever since his rise to fame began during his early years with the Chicago Bulls, Michael Jordan has guarded his private life immensely, making a concerted effort to stay out of the spotlight. Years ago my family was out to dinner at a small restaurant in New York City when he arrived with his then wife and another couple. In spite of having every pair of eyes in the restaurant staring at him, Jordan gazed directly at his wife and friends throughout their meal. It was not done in a way that was rude, but instead it felt rather protective. I will never forget how well-trained he was at that skill, having clearly had to learn over time to not look left or right, so that nobody else felt as if it were an invitation to speak with him during his meal. Who knows, maybe despite all his fame and fortune, perhaps the attention was still uncomfortable for him.
Celebrities have the ability to set the bar for giving back and raising funds for charitable organizations. Despite his desire for privacy, Michael Jordan has been extremely generous with this time and using his celebrity for fundraising ability.
Last month he granted his 200th wish through the Make-A-Wish foundation. He treated seven kids with life-threatening medical conditions and their families to a private meeting Charlotte, N.C. where Jordan is the Chairman and majority owner of the Charlotte Bobcats. He spoke with each of the families prior to the game between the Bobcats and the Phoenix Suns, then the families were his guests of honor at the NBA game
Jordan one of only a few celebrities who has granted 200 wishes to date. He has been heavily involved in the organization and continues to be one of their most popular wish requests. In addition to granting wishes, Jordan is a long-time fundraiser for the organization.