Organization Conducted Service Projects around Town

Bobcats Sports & Entertainment (BSE) Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Michael Jordan participated today in Cats Care service projects at four sites throughout the Charlotte area.  More than 150 staff members and Bobcats players and coaches joined Jordan in activities aimed at making a difference and raising awareness in the community about education, child wellness and the fight against hunger.

“This is where we live, work and play, and it’s our responsibility to help this community be the best it can be,” said Jordan.  “Cats Care is our commitment to making a difference in the areas that the people of this community are most concerned about, and today’s projects are just the beginning of the work we’ll do to make a positive difference and raise awareness about these issues.”

Cats Care service projects began at the Orr Road Bus Depot at 5:30 a.m., where Bobcats staff served breakfast to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS) bus drivers, courtesy of Dave and Fran Cook and Americana Catering Group.  At 9:30 a.m. the entire BSE staff was divided into teams and driven to three sites for service projects held throughout the morning.  At Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina, BSE staff sorted and packed non-perishable food items for distribution to local agencies.  At CMS’ Northridge Middle School, BSE staff conducted Bobcats University and spoke to students about real world applications for the subjects being taught in their classrooms.  At Marsh Road Boys & Girls Club, BSE staff refurbished the Teen Center and playground, with materials provided by Lowe’s Home Improvement and International Mulch Company.

Beginning at 2:00 p.m., Jordan, President and Chief Operating Officer Fred Whitfield, General Manager Rod Higgins, Head Coach Paul Silas and players hosted an all-school assembly at Northridge Middle School and answered questions from students while passing out snacks, courtesy of McDonald’s.  At 3:00 p.m. Jordan and players visited with, and distributed Cats Care packages to, pediatric patients at Presbyterian Hemby Children’s Hospital.  At 4:00 p.m. Jordan joined players and assistant coaches in conducting a fitness clinic at the Marsh Road Boys & Girls Club, and distributed backpacks with food to club members through Second Harvest’s backpack program.  At 5:30 p.m., BSE staff prepared meals that Jordan, players and an assistant coach served to guests of the Men’s Shelter of Charlotte, and handed out socks courtesy of Second Harvest Food Bank and dental hygiene items courtesy of Seitlin Dentistry and Webber Dentistry.

Bobcats Sports & Entertainment operates the Charlotte Bobcats of the National Basketball Association (NBA) and Time Warner Cable Arena.  BSE is committed to helping meet the needs of the community through Cats Care, a year-round initiative aimed at making a difference in education, wellness and the fight against hunger.