Michael Jordan
Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

Michael Jordan has joined the likes of Denzel Washington when it comes to digging deep into his pockets and donating to the National Museum of African American History and Culture, opening under the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., next month.

According to the Associated Press, Jordan made a $5 million donation to the museum.

‚ÄúI am grateful for the opportunity to support this museum,‚ÄĚ Jordan, 53, said in a statement. ‚ÄúI also am indebted to the historic contributions of community leaders and athletes such as Jesse Owens, whose talent, commitment and perseverance broke racial barriers and laid the groundwork for the successful careers of so many African Americans in athletics and beyond.‚ÄĚ

On top of the donation, Jordan became the highest athlete to donate to the museum, and will also have a section of the sports gallery named after him.

The museum is slated to open Sept. 24.