MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee Bucks legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is giving many a chance to own a piece of NBA history, in his current auction.
Abdul-Jabbar is auctioning off four of his five NBA championship rings, game-worn uniforms, All-Star rings and hundreds of other awards/trophies he won throughout his basketball career.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar announced that he is auctioning off 4 of his 5 NBA championship rings among other memorabilia from his 20-year career for charity 👏 pic.twitter.com/qojinFpVwm— ESPN (@espn) February 26, 2019
On his website, Abdul-Jabbar issued the following statement:
“My sports memorabilia also have a history. My history. My life. And, oddly, since my life is still happening and ever-evolving, I am less personally attached to those items than I am to my desire to create new history for myself—and futures for others. Much of the proceeds from my auction will go to support my charity, the Skyhook Foundation, whose mission is to “give kids a shot that can’t be blocked.” We do this by sending children from economically challenged schools to five days in the Angeles National Forest to experience the wonders of nature and learn the basics about science, technology, and engineering. Camp Skyhook is an immersive hands-on experience that takes kids out of school for 5 days and 4 nights. They go from auditory learning to utilizing all of their senses in the great outdoors. Our hope is not just to get them out of the city to commune with the outdoors, but to stimulate an interest in the sciences that might lead them to fulfilling careers.
"So, 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. 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. That’s a history that has no price. Finally, having worked with Ken Goldin in the past, and seen the track record of success of Goldin Auctions, I have no doubt the auction will be successful and many collectors throughout the World will be adding prized possessions to their collections.”
Currently, his game-used and autographed Milwaukee Bucks jersey has no bids on it.
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