Charles Barkley once again proves he is larger than life and a great human being. Barkley announced he plans to sell his MVP trophy alongside his memorabilia from the 1992 Dream Team. With all the money he earns, he will help build affordable housing in his hometown of Leeds in Alabama.
In an interview for WJOX 94.5 radio station, Barkley said he wants to contribute to his community as much as he can. There is quite a bit of memorabilia in his family’s trophy room that he doesn’t care about anymore and is willing to sell it so he can gather as much money as possible for the city of Leeds and it’s community.
“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.”
Barkley hopes to build anywhere between 10 to 20 houses for the families that live in the area. He also has an idea of building green housing and something that would actually look great.
“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.”
During the interview, he also elaborated on how this idea came to realization and said he found out he could get a lot of money from all these items. Afterward, it was an easy choice for Charles, who immediately decided to sell all of it for the greater good.
“I got an autograph deal with Panini , and I was talking to the guys cause all that stuff is at my grandmother’s house. I don’t even keep it to be honest with you — and I said, ‘How much could I get for my MVP trophy and my two gold medals? And I got an autographed plaque signed by the first original Dream Team.’ He says, ‘Oh I can get you a lot of money for that stuff.'”