July 24th, 2008

Charles Barkley Pays for Busboy’s Tuition

Posted by Admin in News


Charles Barkley is giving up his money again. You’re thinking ‘oh no, is he gambling?’. No, not this time. Sir Charles will be paying for Christian Abate’s remaining tuition to Temple University.

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.

“He’s a nice kid,” Barkley said of Abate on Friday. “He was working with kids, I loved that he wanted to be a teacher, and I wanted to help him,” Barkley told us by phone between stops on a flight to Reno where he was making a speech.

When we joked to Barkley that people were going to be calling him today asking for money, he said “People always call me asking for money, and Christian never asked, which is why I wanted to help him out.”

Abate says he will be forever grateful to Barkley who is “giving me a second shot at doing something with my life.”

You’ll find the full story at the Philadelphia Daily News website

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