Kareem Abdul-Jabbar auctioning off four NBA championship rings for his nonprofit
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NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is auctioning off four of his six NBA championship rings to raise money for his nonprofit focused on STEM education.

“It’s nice having a great sports legacy,” he said in an interview with CBS's Los Angeles affiliate Wednesday. “But I can use that to leave a legacy of giving back to my community through this program. And the program is working.”

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Along with the four rings, Abdul-Jabbar will be selling off hundreds of other pieces of memorabilia through Goldin Auctions.

The majority of profits will go toward the Skyhook Foundation, which brings science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) opportunities to underserved communities.

"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," Abdul-Jabbar wrote on his blog. "Camp Skyhook is an immersive hands-on experience that takes kids out of school for 5 days and 4 nights."

The Skyhook foundation states this its mission is to "give kids a shot that can't be blocked."

Bidding for the NBA's all time leading scorer's memorabilia has already begun.

A signed and inscribed Spalding basketball used for Abdul-Jabbar’s last points of his career has received a bid of $85,000.

"When it comes to choosing between storing a championship ring or trophy in a room, or providing kids with an opportunity to change their lives, the choice is pretty simple. Sell it all," Abdul-Jabbar wrote on his blog.

"Looking back on what I have done with my life, instead of gazing at the sparkle of jewels or gold plating celebrating something I did a long time ago, I'd rather look into the delighted face of a child holding their first caterpillar and think about what I might be doing for their future," he added.