Yesterday we found out that the most expensive thing Shaquille O'Neal ever bought for a person he didn't know was furniture for $30.000. Shaq was looking for a couch and found out the old lady's house burned down. She was just looking for a couch as well when Shaq decided to help her out and furnish her entire place.
Charles Barkley always says he didn't work a day in his life. First, he got paid millions to play a game he loves. Now he's paid millions to talk about the game he loves. All those millions and fame didn't get to Barkley's head, same as Shaq, Sir Charles never forgot his humble beginnings and has a lot of respect for the working man and woman. One of Barkley's main points is that there are a lot of better role models for kids than athletes - teachers being one of the best.
“Former basketball star and Alabama native son Charles Barkley, who graduated from Leeds High School in 1981, has gifted $1,000 to each Leeds City School employee.”
According to state records, the district has 226 teachers, which means Chuck donated almost a quarter of a million dollars. This isn't the only support they've received from Barkley since the pandemic started. Sir Charles also has supported the boy’s and girl’s basketball programs at Leeds High and, throughout the pandemic, has helped fund laptops for virtual learners, hotspots, and cleaning equipment. He's been helping out in his hometown for years.
”Over the past three decades, Charles has quietly and without any attention drawn to himself, provided over $3 million in scholarships to Leeds graduates, funds that have helped hundreds of students attend college.“
Barkley, same as Shaq, refrains from talking about his charity work most of the time, but these stories are important to inspire all of us to help out in any way possible. You don't have to have millions like Barkley and O'Neal to help; a small gesture or an hour of your time can be a lot for someone.