Former NBA player and TNT commentator Charles Barkley in crowd before Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, Nev., May 2, 2015.  
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Sir Charles Barkley donates $3 million to charities

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NBA legend Charles Barkley is usually making headlines for his sports commentating antics, but on Tuesday he gained notice for his generosity too.

During a conference call for the American Century Championship’s celebrity golf tournament, Sir Charles announced he will donate $3 million equally between the Wounded Warrior Project, the historically black Morehouse College in Atlanta, and Auburn University, his alma mater.

At last year’s tournament, Barkley was paired with Cpl. Chad Pfeifer, a veteran who lost his leg in Iraq. The two have remained close friends ever since.

“I just want to thank you personally for having the stones to go to war, and I think it’s a joke the way they treat our soldiers,” Barkley said during the call.

Sir Charles’ recent announcement got us thinking about other celebrities making a difference. Here are a few celebs who have recently shown big support for their favorite causes: 

John Legend 

Singer John Legend performs onstage during an event on March 21, 2015 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Scott Dudelson/Getty)
Singer John Legend performs onstage during an event on March 21, 2015 in Austin, Texas.
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The award-winning singer has given his time and money to numerous charitable causes in the past. Most recently, he partnered with “Free America,” to help end mass incarceration by changing the penalties for low-level crimes. Legend will visit and perform at correctional facilities around the country. He hopes to successfully lobby for criminal justice reform, possibly saving states tens of millions of dollars in the process.

Chance the Rapper

Chance the Rapper performs in the group 'The Social Expirement' at the Austin Music Hall on March 20, 2015 in Austin, Texas. (Lenny Gilmore/RedEye/TNS/Getty)
Chance the Rapper performs in the group ‘The Social Expirement’ at the Austin Music Hall on March 20, 2015 in Austin, Texas. 
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The Chicago emcee is not new to public service. His father runs the city’s Office of Public Engagement. Chance says his life was changed because of digital access. Now, he’s helping students use the Internet to launch their own careers through the “Get Schooled, Get Connected” challenge. Its focus is making sure children have access to the Internet and the basic skills to navigate online. This year, 4,000 Chicagoland students participated. MSNBC’s parent company Comcast has joined in the cause as well, providing low income families with wireless Internet for $10 per month.

Derek Jeter

Derek Jeter runs up the first base line after hitting a single against the Baltimore Orioles during the seventh inning at Yankee Stadium, Sep. 23, 2014. (Photo by Adam Hunger/Reuters)

The former New York Yankee captain has given more than $20 million to youth-focused charities through his Turn 2 Foundation. That includes money raised through star-studded fundraisers, like this celebrity golf tournament he hosted back in March.

LeBron James

LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers shoots against the Atlanta Hawks in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2015 NBA Playoffs on May 26, 2015 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE/Getty)
LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers shoots against the Atlanta Hawks in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Finals during the 2015 NBA Playoffs on May 26, 2015 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. 
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King James may have his focus on Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday, but he still has time to help raise money for a good cause. In May, Cedar Point Amusement Park debuted a new ride in honor of James. The park held an auction and private party for the first public riders and raised $126,000, which will go to the LeBron James Family Foundation – an organization that works to give back to youth in James’ home state of Ohio. 

Tim Cook

Tim Cook (Photo by Eric Risberg/AP)
Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks during an Apple event in San Francisco.
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Apple’s CEO has been has been pretty outspoken in terms of giving back. On Friday, he donated 50,000 of his shares in the company to an undisclosed charity. With Apple stock trading at nearly $130 a share, that equates to $6.5 million.

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Sir Charles Barkley donates $3 million to charities

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