The Skyhook Foundation’s mission is to “Give Kids a Shot that Can’t be Blocked” by bringing educational STEM opportunities to underserved communities.
Our flagship program Camp Skyhook, is an immersive, hands-on experience that brings together learning in outdoor environments for fourth and fifth graders to inspire them in a future of STEM education (science, technology, engineering & mathematics). The program is sponsored by the Skyhook Foundation in collaboration with the Los Angeles Unified School District and the curriculum was developed by UCLA and NASA.
Children go on a five-day adventure in the Angeles National Forest where nature itself becomes a multidimensional, multisensory experience.
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.
His lifelong passion for history led to his authoring 14 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 columnist for The Hollywood Reporter and a regular contributing columnist for the The Guardian Newspaper.
His Emmy Award-winning HBO Sports documentary, Kareem: Minority of One, debuted as HBO’s most watched and highest rated sports documentary of all time.
In 2017 Abdul-Jabbar, an avid numismatic collector, was appointed as the first African-American to the CCAC (Citizens Coin Advisory Council) in its 100-year history, where he helps decide on all coins that are to be minted in The United States.
Before leaving office President Barack Obama awarded Abdul-Jabbar The Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.