Move over, championship rings: Michael Jordan is getting another award, this time from the Charlotte Chamber.
The basketball legend is this year's Citizen of the Carolinas, joining the ranks of his former Tar Heels coach, the Federal Reserve chairman and other VIPs with Carolinas ties, the Chamber announced Friday.
The award is given annually to a person from North Carolina or South Carolina who has brought positive recognition to the states.
Jordan made the cut because of his success on and off the court and his charitable contributions, Chamber officials said in a press release.
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The Wilmington native, who serves as managing member of basketball operations for the Charlotte Bobcats, led the Tar Heels to a 1982 national championship and racked up six NBA titles with the Chicago Bulls. He's grown his Jordan brand, a division of Nike, and pursued ventures such as Michael Jordan Motorsports. One charitable cause, a celebrity golf tournament, has raised more than $2 million.
The Chamber will present the award at its annual meeting in November. Past winners include Billy Graham, Dean Smith, Hugh McColl, Ben Bernanke and Jerry Richardson. Kirsten Valle