"I want to make a huge impact on my hometown," Jordan said from the Brian Jordan Foundation offices in Atlanta, where he played for the Braves and Falcons. "It means so much to me to be bringing this clinic [to Milford Mill]. I've been waiting to get my foundation going in the right direction before expanding. But I want to establish this in my home community and in St. Louis and Los Angles, where I also played baseball."
While this is the first time his clinic will be involved with his high school, Jordan, 45, has been part of the alumni weekend before, taking part in the annual alumni basketball game, an event he said he will play in Saturday evening before returning to Atlanta for his Braves Live broadcast Sunday.
"Basketball was probably my favorite sport, but I knew I wouldn't make it in the NBA," Jordan said. "And I really loved football. But baseball was the smart choice because now, at the end of my career, I can still play basketball."
After graduating from the University of Richmond, Jordan was drafted in the first round of the 1988 baseball draft by the St. Louis Cardinals. In 1989 he was drafted in the seventh round of the NFL draft by the Buffalo Bills, and while making his way through the Cardinals' minor league system he played defensive back for the Falcons from 1989 to 1991.
In 1992 he ended his football career when St. Louis gave him a $1.7 million signing bonus to give up the NFL.
At Saturday's baseball clinic, which will run from 9 a.m. to noon, Jordan will help teach participants about nutrition, the game and the importance of education.
"I hope they'll get a good message," said Jordan, whose foundation will provide each participant with a glove, T-shirt and backpack. "I hope this will help put them on the road to knowing they can do whatever they set out to do."