Kareem’s STEM camp auction raises almost $3 million
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s auction of his basketball memorabilia and trophies has netted $2.95 million, with some of the proceeds going to fund the NBA Hall-of-Famer’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) camp for children in the Los Angeles area.
Abdul-Jabbar sold 100 items, including four NBA championship rings and the ball he used to score his final points in the NBA. His 1987 championship ring sold for just under $400,000, and the 1985 championship ring sold for almost $344,000. The game-used and autographed ball from his final NBA game in 1989 sold for $270,050. Each of the 100 items received a bid above the minimum.
On his website blog, the legendary center said the decision to sell of the awards, trophies, and memorabilia from his career was an easy one.
“I am less personally attached to those items than I am to my desire to create new history for myself—and futures for others,” he wrote. “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.”