(CNN) — Basketball Hall of Famer Michael Jordan has made a record $10 million donation to Make-A-Wish America to celebrate his 60th birthday, the organization announced Wednesday. This is the largest donation that an individual has given to the entity in its 43-year history.
Jordan, who turns 60 this Friday, hopes her donation will inspire others to support Make-A-Wish.
“For the past 34 years, it has been an honor to partner with Make-A-Wish and help bring a smile and happiness to so many children,” the Charlotte Hornets owner said in a statement. “Witnessing their strength and resilience during such a difficult time in their lives has truly been an inspiration. I can’t think of a better birthday present than to see others join me in supporting Make-A-Wish so that every child can experience the magic of making their wish come true.”
The first wish Jordan granted was in 1989. He has “granted hundreds of wishes to children around the world,” according to the organization. Jordan was named a Make-A-Wish Ambassador “for the life-changing impact on Wish children and their families” in 2008.
“For Michael to use his birthday as an opportunity to make history with Make-A-Wish speaks to the quality of his character and his loyal dedication to improving the lives of critically ill children,” said Leslie Motter, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish America. “We hope the public will be inspired to follow in his footsteps by helping make wishes come true.”