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Elwood P Dowd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 01:06 PM
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Charles Barkley helps poor Philadelphia busboy.
I remember watching Charles as an immature, overweight freshman trying to survive SEC basketball. Sir Charles has come a long way since 1981.


http://www.philly.com/dailynews/features/20080721_Dan_G...


By Dan Gross
Philadelphia Daily News

CHRISTIAN ABATE majored in education at Temple, but put his studies on hold for a few years while having financial hardship.

He's worked as a busboy for eight years at Saloon (750 S. 7th), where he struck up a friendship with one generous regular at the Italian restaurant who volunteered to pay his Temple tuition.

During a visit to Saloon last summer, Charles Barkley asked Abate how he was enjoying teaching, and was disappointed to learn that Abate had still not returned to Temple because of problems securing financial aid. Abate, 28, of South Philly, started at Temple in 1997, months after graduating from St. John Neumann High.

Sir Charles told Abate he would like to help him with his tuition, and Abate wasn't sure how to respond. Barkley didn't give him much time, telling Abate that he had the length of Barkley's meal to decide. Abate wisely accepted.

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Abate says he will be forever grateful to Barkley who is "giving me a second shot at doing something with my life." Abate is scheduled to graduate next May.

Barkley says that helping Abate is in line with his efforts to aid in education, which has been important to him in recent years. Barkley's given $1 million to his Alabama high school Leeds, another million to Corningstone High, in a poor area of Birmingham, and $1 million to Auburn University, where he played before being drafted by the Sixers in 1984.
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aspergris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 01:09 PM
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1. I dig Sir Charles
I've always liked his no bullshit attitude, his humour, and I don't know - he just appeals to me.

Needless to say, I like him more now

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predfan Donating Member (769 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 01:15 PM
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2. Remember the parable about the talents, and the servants who received them?
Charles has certainly made his God-given gifts multiply, and is now expanding their growth to others.
Inspirational.
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LeftHander Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 01:37 PM
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3. But if he gave that money to Kenneth Copeland...
It would of come back to him ten fold...

<snark>
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jillan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-23-08 01:44 PM
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4. Alright Charles!
He was the highlight of the Phoenix Suns - even had season tickets when he was on the team, a total jerk, womanizer---but I will always be a fan.
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