Charles Barkley is Auctioning Off His Award ‘Clutter’ to Fund Affordable Housing in His Hometown
Charles Barkley has won a number of trophies and medals over the course of his career as one of the most prolific basketball players of all time—but he recently admitted that he doesn’t care very much for the treasures.
In fact, he plans on selling all of his NBA memorabilia in order to build 20 affordable houses in his hometown of Leeds, Alabama.
Barkley had been a guest on the Dan Le Betard Show earlier this month when he revealed his plans for auctioning off his Olympic gold medals and NBA MVP award.
“I don’t think I have to walk around with my gold medal or my MVP trophy for people to know I’m Charles Barkley, so I’m going to sell all that crap,” Barkley told the radio hosts. “It just clutters my house.”
Although he gave his daughter special permission to keep one of his gold medals, Barkley will be working with the Panini sports card company to auction all of his valuable memorabilia.
This is not the first time that Barkley has made national headlines for his philanthropy—the retired NBA star has made several million dollar donations to a number of historic black colleges over the course of the last few years. Now, however, he wants to give back to his hometown.
“I want to do something really nice for Leeds. And if I could build 10 to 20 affordable houses—I want to do green housing too—(and) if I could sell all that stuff, it would just be a really cool thing for me,” he told WJOX 94.5.
(LISTEN to the interview below) – Feature photo by Ytoyoda, CC
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Published at Wed, 18 Mar 2020 14:10:49 +0000