One thing I remember very distinctly from my pre-adult life is that the last few weeks of the school year always seemed to drag on forever. With the temperature rising, the sun shining and the end of the semester drawing near, my mind tended to drift toward the countless things more fun than spending another day in a classroom. (This constitutes a retroactive apology to all the teachers who had to deal with me drumming on my desk with pencils, playing paper football and taking time to perfect my sure-to-be-smash-hit superhero character, The Red Lantern, who was definitely not just a palate-swapped Green Lantern with two rings.)
In such playing-out-the-clock situations, it is important to shake things up every now and again to keep kids focused. And as Monday morning shake-ups go, there aren't too many better than a surprise visit from the greatest basketball player of all time:
Hall of Famer and Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan surprised students at Hornets Nest Elementary School on Monday morning as part of a "citywide day of community service" sponsored by the Hornets, Lowe's and Fox Sports Carolinas/SportSouth. The "Swarm to Serve" initiative includes Jordan and other Hornets employees — including the recently reintroduced Hugo the Hornet! — working to "beautify and refurbish" the school, as well as a donation of $250,000 to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Public School Foundation's new professional-development-focused Teacher Innovation Fund.
While the beautification efforts and quarter-million-dollar grant are wonderful gestures, the kids, as you might expect, were more stoked about meeting M.J. Given their ages, though, they don't remember his days with the Tar Heels, Chicago Bulls or Washington Wizards too well — they're apparently more interested in the other squad he played for:
Kindergartner: "Are you still friends with all the cartoon guys from Space Jam?" Michael Jordan: "Of course! We go way back." #SwarmToServe— Charlotte Hornets (@hornets) June 9, 2014
Hat-tip to Chris Littmann of The Sporting News.
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