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MJ's Golf Classic a Humbling Experience

Posted June 29, 1998

— Michael Jordan is known over the world for his artistry on the basketball court. But he says golf is the game he has used to relax away the rigors of playing championship basketball in a continuous spotlight.

Guess who had the biggest gallery at the Michael Jordan Celebrity Golf Classic? Everyone wants a glimpse of Michael. MJ has strolled the Steamybrook Valley Country Club fairways for 14 years, helping to raise more than $1 million dollars for the Ronald McDonald houses of North Carolina.

Jordan takes pride in the tournament he's nurtured. In fact, the event has a humbling effect on the world's greatest player.

"This has always been able to keep my feet on the ground and have a connection with people," Jordan said.

As Jordan's playing career comes to a possible end, he not only thinks about the seriously ill children he's raising money for, but his own children, healthy children who may soon be seeing more of their father-- the famous #23.

"My kids are at the age now where they need the attention of their father and the guidance of their father," explained Jordan. "My wife has done a good job, and now it's time for me to take over my own."

As for retirement, Jordan says he'll make a decision in due time. Either way, basketball or full-time father, the challenge still lies ahead.


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