I can do more than stuff a ball through a hoop; my greatest asset is my mind.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

The Skyhook Foundation’s mission is to “Give Kids a Shot That Can’t be Blocked” by bringing educational opportunities into under-served communities through innovative literacy programs.

Being a sponsor of the Skyhook Foundation enables the under-served youth in disadvantaged areas to participate in our flagship program  — Camp Skyhook. Each week eighty-five 4th and 5th graders are immersed in a hands-on outdoor program staffed by the Los Angeles Unified School District that engages our young people in STEM learning (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is considered by many fans and sportswriters to be the greatest basketball player of all time. The 7-foot-2 Hall of Fame center, famous for his indefensible skyhook, also dominated the NBA for 20 years. He not only captured the NBA’s MVP six times, was a 19-time All-Star, and set the NBA all-time records in nine categories. Today he remains the NBA’s All-Time Leading Scorer, with 38,387 points —  a record that may never be broken.

But as Kareem himself says, “I can do more than stuff a ball through a hoop; my greatest asset is my mind.” And indeed he can.

Growing up under the two biggest media spotlights in the world (New York and Los Angeles) during the Civil Rights era as quite literally the most visible black man in the country has given Kareem a unique perspective on America’s political and social landscape. This has led him to make a significant impact on the under-served youth of the United States. In 2012, then Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham-Clinton appointmented him as the US Global Cultural Ambassador to bring educational awareness to under-served countries across the globe.

His lifelong passion for history led to his authoring nine New York Times best-selling books on various subjects based on his in-depth knowledge of many topics ranging from sports to history to jazz and pop culture. Currently he is a pop culture columinist for Time Magazine and a regular contributing columnist for the LA & OC Register Newspapers.

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