Groundbreaking Skyhook Eco-Van Program Brings Mobile Classrooms To L.A.’S Kids

Los Angeles Unified, Laker Legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and the City of Los Angeles team up to make STEM education more accessible during a pandemic.

Camp Skyhook Giving Kids a Shot that Can’t be Blocked.

Huge success and popularity have resulted in a 6-year waitlist, meaning kids are being left behind. We need your donations to reduce our waitlist and scale our program!

Team Overview

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is considered by many fans and sportswriters to be the greatest basketball player of all time...

Read about Kareem's role at the Skyhook Foundation alongside his dedicated team.

In The Media

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was always more than just a basketball player and he has proved that time and time again...

Read more about how Kareem has used his voice to impact many lives.

Camp Skyhook

Our flagship program Camp Skyhook, is an immersive, hands-on experience that brings together learning...

Learn how Camp Skyhook has changed the lives of underprivileged children in the community using STEM curriculum.

Partner With Us

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Become a sponsor of the Skyhook Foundation, and make a difference in the lives of children who need it the most.

We're Giving Kids a Shot That Can't Be Blocked

Preparing our youth for Future STEM job opportunities. Donations reduce our 6-year waitlist and help prepare future American Scientists, Technologists, Engineers and Mathematicians

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

- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar made a name for himself with his unblockable Skyhook shot and rode it to become the NBA’s all-time leading scorer. Kareem’s mantra is: “I can do more than shoot a ball through a hoop, my greatest asset is my mind”. 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. When writing his award-winning children’s book, What Color Is My World? The Lost History of African American Inventors, he came across statistics showing that 92% of boys and 97% of girls lose interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) subjects if not actively engaged in STEM by the 5th grade. Today more than 90% of high paying jobs are based in STEM but less than 16% of U.S. college graduates are in these fields.

The Skyhook Foundation wants to pass the ball to a new generation and level the playing field by providing outdoor environmental STEM education in under-served communities to Give Kids a Shot That Can’t Be Blocked. In 2012 former Superintendent of Education Tom Torlekson named Kareem STEM Ambassador of California.

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STEM Facts

  • Boys-Girls

    92% of boys and 97% of girls lose interest in STEM if not engaged by the 5th grade (Dr. Kenneth Wesson, Educational Consultant: Neuroscience)

  • Money-Average

    People in STEM fields can expect to earn 26% more money on average and be less likely to experience job loss.

  • STEM-Degrees

    Currently only 16% of U.S. bachelor’s degrees will specialize in STEM.

  • 25th-place

    Out of 65 countries, American students score 17th in science and 25th in math ability (The U.S. Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development).

  • STEM-Majors-Pay

    College STEM majors out-earn
    other college grads.

  • STEM-Job-Growth

    The STEM jobs market grew 45% in 2018. 15 of the 20 fastest growing occupations require significant mathematics or science preparation.

Our Testimonials

Watch these video testimonials from actual Camp Skyhook attendees.

“It is such a fine opportunity for young people from an urban school setting to put aside their daily anxieties and problems and to have a chance to enjoy being a child in a safe, educational setting and to grow in new skills and knowledge.”

Ms. M

Stephen M. White Middle School

“I have never had a better time with my students. I saw teenagers who were in so much pain blossom as they opened themselves to the beauty of nature. I also saw a solidarity and team spirit develop amongst the students as they accomplished feat after feat and gained new knowledge.”

Ms. B

Carson High School

“As a fifth grade Science teacher, I really appreciated the lessons that the staff provided…The sheer beauty of the whole experience is that they didn’t even realize that they were “learning” since the lessons were so engaging and taking place in a natural environment…Many of my struggling students were able to integrate better with other students since the normal fears that they face in the classroom were removed…my week at Clear Creek was the best week that I have ever had as an educator.”

Mr. K.

Wilshire Park Elementary

Following a sunset viewing activity:

“In the final glows / Sunset brings lots of beauty / And the moon rises”

“In the sunset sky / It’s hard not to cry / I am filled with joy”

Haiku & Poem by Jesse M

5th Grade, Westminster Ave. School

“Thank you for giving us a lifetime opportunity…You have taught me skills I will need for the rest of my life.  I talked to my parents about what I learned and they are amazed!”

Harpreet S.

5th Grade, Julie Korenstein Elementary