Charles Barkley once famously said that he’s “not a role model.” While that may indeed be the case, everyone can still learn something from the Hall-of-Famer’s most recent heartwarming act of charity.
Three Philadelphia children, ages 15, 10, and 7, tragically lost their lives during a car-jacking last Friday. The siblings were killed after a stolen vehicle crashed into the church-organized fruit stand at which they were volunteering in the city’s Tioga neighborhood.
Barkley, who spent the first eight seasons of his career with the Philadelphia 76ers, told local police that he would like to finance the children’s memorial service.
It’s easy for professional athletes to develop a poor reputation among the public, and Barkley’s frequently confrontational off-court behavior certainly contributes to his. But this touching offer is yet another reminder that he, like so many peers, uses his wealth and public platform for far greater good than harm.
Thanks, Chuck. May the victims rest in peace.
[Via NBC Chicago]