Sports legend Michael Jordan gave an emotional speech and shed a tear as he opened a $7 million clinic that would guarantee health care for the uninsured in his hometown of Charlotte.

The Novant Health Michael Jordan Family Medical Clinic held its ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday, which was attended by the athlete turned business mogul.

'This is a very emotional thing for me to be able to give back to a community that has supported me over the years,' Jordan said during the ceremony.

The center has been in operation about three weeks, and more than 300 people have already been seen by staff doctors, social workers and other health-care professionals.

'It's ... from the heart,' Jordan, owner of the Charlotte Hornets, told the crowd gathered at the grand opening about the gift.

'I stand here before you as a proud parent, son, obviously a member of this community,' Jordan, 56, said, adding his extended family deserves as much credit as he does for the clinic. .'..You see my name, but yet you see a lot of people behind me and the commitment, especially from my mom, about caring for other people and being a part of a community that matters.'

Two years ago, Jordan donated $7 million to get the center funded.

His donation was designed to benefit financially struggling residents of the Charlotte area and improve the community's access to medical care. He is a longtime resident of the state and played college basketball at North Carolina before launching his Hall of Fame career with the Chicago Bulls.
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'Today we celebrated the grand opening of the Novant Health Michael Jordan Family Medical Clinic,' the center said on social media. 'With Michael's generous $7 million donation, low-income Charlotte residents of all ages now have access to get the affordable medical care they need, with or without insurance.'

In a press release, the center shared that it 'will also offer additional comprehensive care, including behavioral health and social support services, to more directly address health equity gaps and social determinants of health in our communities.'

The center will be open Mondays through Fridays from 8am to 5pm. Walk-ins are accepted along with same day appointment scheduling.