NBA Hall of Famer, Charles Barkley, made a huge contribution to the victims of a wildfire that destroyed hundreds of homes at Lake Tahoe two years ago, sending them a check for $90,000 this week.
According to USA Today, South Tahoe’s Community Disaster Resource Center was shocked, especially since Barkley dropped a cool $100,000 just one year before, and officially proclaimed a “Charles Barkley Day.”
Maybe now, they could rename Tahoe to “Barkleyville?”
“Well, that was mentioned as a possibility,” South Lake Tahoe Mayor Jerry Birdwell said, according to GolfWorld.com. “But the real story is what a true friend we have in Charles Barkley. He’s become part of this community, from beyond appearing annually in the golf tournament, to taking a true interest in the area and its residents. I just hope his political aspirations stay in Alabama because if he ran for mayor of South Lake Tahoe right now, I’d be looking for work!”
A 2007 fire destroyed more than 300 homes, as well as commercial structures, and required more than 2,000 firefighters to fight the blaze for more than a week.
The fire cost the city $11.7 million to fight, said reports. Barkley toured the disaster area shortly after the fire and hosted a dinner for 100 firefighters.
Barkley will be in Tahoe next week, competing in the 20th annual American Century Celebrity Golf Championship at Edgewood Tahoe Golf Course.
In addition to Barkley, several other athletes will be participating, including retired NBA star Alonzo Mourning, the Rockets’ Shane Battier, UFC star Chuck Liddell, Wayne Gretzky, retired NFL star Tim Brown, Dan Marino, Michael Jordan, and many more.