Regular readers of this site know how often we talk about “Living a Legacy Life” – today we’re provided with a wonderful real-life story that will inspire you as Hall of Fame basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has announced that he’s auctioning off much of his treasured memorabilia in an effort to support children’s charities associated with education.
Read what Kareem had to say about WHY he’s doing it…
“When it comes to choosing between storing a championship ring or trophy in a room, or providing kids with an opportunity to change their lives, the choice is pretty simple. Sell it all!”
What is Kareem Selling?
Kareem is selling his NBA championship rings — including those he won with the Los Angeles Lakers in 1980, ’85, ’87 and ’88. He’s also selling very cool game-used and autographed items — including his All-Star rings and uniforms.
Why is Kareem Selling his stuff?
Unlike many other athletes who resort to selling their memorabilia because they need money, Kareem said he is financially secure and that he is not selling his rings, etc for the money personally. Instead, Kareem is focused on living a legacy life and for him that means helping children with educational opportunities. As such, much of the auction proceeds will go to support Kareem’s Skyhook Foundation – a charity that helps children learn about STEM education topics (science, technology, engineering and math).
As Kareem said, “Looking back on what I have done with my life, instead of gazing at the sparkle of jewels or gold plating celebrating something I did a long time ago, I’d rather look into the delighted face of a child holding their first caterpillar and think about what I might be doing for their future.”
Links to Learn More
Be sure to visit Kareem’s personal website to learn more – you can find it at:
Meanwhile, these trusted news outlets have also written articles on this topic:
- ESPN.com: “Kareem puts rings up for auction“
- NBA.com: “Abdul-Jabbar puts four NBA title rings, other memorabilia up for auction“
- NY Times: “Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Puts Memorabilia Up for Auction“
- Yahoo Sports: “Oh, how the Mighty Rise – Kareem auctions his memorabilia“