Charles Barkley is participating in the ultimate selfless act. He’s selling his 1993 NBA MVP trophy, along with some other memorabilia, in an effort to build affordable housing in Alabama.
The NBA star spoke to WJOX-FM in Birmingham and explained his plans, and said that it would be “really cool” to empty out his trophy room at his home to build green housing in his hometown of Leeds, Alabama.
He also said:
“We probably got 30 eyesores, as I call them, where houses used to be when I was growing up. Either a rotted-out house or there’s just weeds that have overgrown. So, what I’m trying to do — I want to work with the city of Leeds, I want them to give me the spaces, number one. I want them to give me the houses, and I’m going to use my own money selling my memorabilia. 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.”
While he wants to sell a good portion of his memorabilia, one piece of memorabilia he won’t be giving is his Olympic gold medal from the 1992 win in Barcelona because his daughter wants that.