The Skyhook Foundation

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 and outdoor environments for 4th and 5th graders to inspire them towards a future in STEM (science, technology, engineering & mathematics). The program is sponsored by the Skyhook Foundation in collaboration with the Los Angeles Unified School District. Our curriculum was specially designed by UCLA and NASA to increase students’ memory and retention through social emotional learning.

Students experience a 5-day, 4-night adventure in the Angeles National Forest, where nature itself becomes a multidimensional, multisensory experience. The camp is meticulously maintained to foster a sense of safety and togetherness that children desperately need. At Camp Skyhook, children not only get along…they depend on one another. The camp provides time honored activities that kids love! This includes hiking, swimming, skits and campfires.

Our goal is to create “more than happy memories.” We ignite and encourage a child’s interest in STEM.

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 is famous for his indefensible skyhook and dominating the NBA for 20 years. He not only captured the NBA’s MVP six times, was a 19-time NBA All-Star, and set 9 NBA All-Time records, today he remains the NBA’s All-Time Leading Scorer with 38,387 points.

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.