Michael Jordan’s mom, Deloris Jordan, has been the bedrock of the family. Deloris watched her son become one of the most recognizable people in the world, but it was not always this way. She admitted there were times that she had to exercise tough love with Michael and recalled a parenting story to ESPN from when her son was just 12 years old.
“He tells me it would be considered child abuse today,” Deloris joked with ESPN. “But it was a tough age and I knew I had to set the precedent. I took him to work and made him stay in the car all day and read. I could see him from the bank window. I wanted him to know I was always watching him. We went to lunch, and then after dinner, I knew a lady at the library, so he stayed there and read some more. …We didn’t have any more trouble from him after that.”
Deloris is the best-selling author of a number of children’s books including Salt in His Shoes, Michael’s Golden Rules and Dream Big. She helped her son get involved in the community since early in his NBA career and now runs the James R. Jordan Foundation in honor of her late husband.
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1. Jordan’s Mom Founded the James R. Jordan Foundation
According to WomensHistory.org, Deloris co-founded the Michael Jordan Foundation in 1989. After working with her son on this project for several years, his mom founded the James R. Jordan Foundation in 2000 as a way to honor his late father. Deloris serves as the president of the foundation that focuses on improving the lives of underprivileged children.
The James R. Foundation International was founded in 2009 with a number of partners including United States International University and Kenya’s Ministry of Health and Education. The organization launched the Kenya Women and Children’s Wellness Centre to improve the health of the region, reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS and provide training to medical professionals. Deloris spoke about her motivation for working with young people during a 2007 NPR interview.