Boston Celtics franchise icon Bill Russell is known for what he did with his fame off the court as much as he has come to be known for the staggering number of titles, accolades, and other honors he won as a player. And the Hall of Fame big man continues to add to the latter even in his eighth decade of life with reports surfacing that Russell is auctioning off some of the hardware from his storied career to raise money for charity.
Sports Collectors Daily’s Bob D’Angelo writes that the 11-time Celtics champion will raise funds for his MENTOR organization (which, as you might guess, helps pair mentors with youths to provide much-needed support) and racial and social equity advocates Boston Celtics United for Social Justice later this year.
The auction will include a number of historic items including Russell’s first and last NBA championship rings, MVP awards and several game-worn items.
I’m excited to announce Im working with @huntauctions to offer a large portion of my personal collection. My charity @mentornational will benefit from a portion of the proceeds. Thank you to my @Celtics fans, I look forward to a great event! @NBA @BleacherReport @espn @SLAMonline pic.twitter.com/i8nKs46gtb
— TheBillRussell (@RealBillRussell) July 22, 2021