Thank you, Michael Jordan!

Erikson Institute received a donation from Chicago Bulls legend Michael Jordan that will help support our work to make an impact in the lives of young children and their families.

Erikson is one of 23 Chicago nonprofits that Jordan chose for donations, each gift representing a portion of the net proceeds from the settlement of lawsuits regarding the unauthorized use of his identity.

“We are honored to receive this generous gift,” said Geoffrey A. Nagle, Erikson’s president and chief executive officer. “It will help accelerate our work in the service of young children.”

In a statement, Jordan acknowledged that he wanted to use the proceeds to help organizations that make a positive impact on children, families, and communities in the city where he played during the 1980s and ’90s.

“I care deeply about the city of Chicago and have such incredible memories from my years there,” said the National Basketball Association Hall of Famer. “The 23 charities I’ve chosen to make donations to all support the health, education, and well-being of the kids of Chicago. Chicago has given me so much and I want to give back to its kids – the city’s future.”