BIG RAPIDS – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, a six-time National Basketball Association champion and league Most Valuable Player, will deliver the keynote address at The Ferris Foundation for Excellence Benefit at DeVos Place in Grand Rapids on Friday, Oct. 24.
Abdul-Jabbar, a college and professional basketball legend before he became a celebrated author, filmmaker and education ambassador, will speak at the Benefit about the role education has played in his life and how it can positively impact the lives of others. Named one of the NBA’s 50 greatest players, Abdul-Jabbar was a 1995 inductee into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. A dominating professional basketballplayer for 20 years, the 7-foot-2 Abdul-Jabbar still ranks as the NBA’s all-time career scoring leader with 38,387 points. He is also recognized as one of college basketball’s all-time greats based on an outstanding playing career for the UCLA Bruins. At UCLA, Abdul-Jabbar was a key component of three consecutive NCAA championships.
Abdul-Jabbar is hoping that his story will inspire others to strengthen access to higher education for young men and women.