Michael Jordan Thesis • The success in the life and career of Michael Jordan has had an enormous effect on not only the sport of basketball, but America’s economy and society as a whole. Michael Jordan’s influence on basketball THE MAN THAT REINVENTED THE SPORT • Michael Jordan was named one of the 50 greatest players of all time by the NBA. • His combination of skill in shooting, dunking, and defense put him at a level that had never been seen before. Michael Jordan’s Economic Influence It is estimated that Michael Jordan’s total impact on the economy is over $10 billion. Influence on Society As a child Jordan’s parents instilled moral values in him. He learned the value of a strong community through attending church. From this he also learned the importance of charity. Michael Jordan brought these morals through his entire life and career. During and after his time in the NBA Michael Jordan started or supported organizations including the Michael Jordan Foundation, the boys’ and girls’ clubs of America, and the Special Olympics. He has also donated money to many public schools to help give children the knowledge they need to succeed. Influence on Society • Donations and charity were not the only ways Michael Jordan changed society. • Michael Jordan’s role as a hero for kids as well as his influence through endorsements has made him a world wide figure. • Michael Jordan was a great role model for children to influence them to become great basketball players as well as good people. Works Cited • Menlo, Tyler W. "Michael Jordan." Michael Jordan. 14 May 2009 <http://sun.menloschool.org/~sportman/ethnic/individu al/jordan/index.html>. • "Michael Jordan Biography." NBA Encyclopedia Playoff Edition. 2008. 28 Feb. 2008 <http://www.nba.com/history/players/jordan_bio.html>. • "Michael Jordan 23." NBA. 2008. NBA Media Ventures. 29 Feb. 2008 <http://www.nba.com/playerfile/michael_jordan/bio.html>. • Porter, David L. Michael Jordan: A Biography. New York City: Greenwood Press, 2007. • Walters, Pat. "The Executive." Michael Jordan. 15 May 2009 <http://xroads.virginia.edu/~CLASS/AM483_97/projects/walters /mjexec.html>.