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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Announced as 2014 Ferris Foundation for Excellence Benefit Speaker

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

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.

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The Sky is the Limit

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014


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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Signing at the Steiner Store

Wednesday, February 5th, 2014

Los Angeles Lakers

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Barnes & Noble Book Signing
Tustin Market Place

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

Sasquach_BlowUp_FINALBook Signing
Barnes & Noble Tustin
Streetball Crew Book One: Sasquatch in the Paint
Saturday, December 14, 2013 – 2:00 to 4:00 PM
The Market Place, 13712 Jamboree Road, Irvine, CA 92602

Don’t miss this, put on your calendar!

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Sasquatch in the Paint: Streetball Crew, Book One

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013

Sasquatch and the Paint Book CoverSasquatch in the Paint
Streetball Crew, Book One
By Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Raymond Obstfeld

Praise for Sasquatch in the Paint:

“A crisp tale of sports, smarts and what it means to be your own man…[T]his obviously is a work of someone intimate with sports and, by extension, how sports can serve as metaphor for a way of being in the world.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“This funny and inspirational story based on Kareem’s sudden growth spurt as a middle-schooler captures the excitement of playing basketball and the anxiety of growing up—while growing tall, which I know a little something about. Kids will learn about the wonderful world of basketball and the importance of friendship and following your dreams.”  —Magic Johnson

“The pages fly. It has a great message.”  —Dr. Phil

“This smart, sensitive novel is full of simple truths that extend far beyond the court.” —Booklist

“[A] humorous novel that delivers a heartwarming story about growing up, facing down bullies, and learning what true friendship is all about.”—School Library Journal

“The depth and realism Abdul-Jabbar and Obstfeld bring to the novel keep it from being a run-of-the-mill sports story…Readers will feel a kinship with Theo as he maneuvers through tough but realistic choices.”—Publishers Weekly

“Sasquatch in the Paint” is terrific….Here’s how you know you’re reading a really good book: when you get to the last page, but keep turning, looking for more. Honestly — that’s what I did.”  —Barry Saunders, Raleigh News and Observer

“Touching, beautiful book.” —Frank Buckley, KTLA 5

• Selected by the Texas Library Association for the Lone Star Reading List 2014 for students in grades 6-8: “Well written, good plot, and a positive message.”

• Selected by the Junior Library Guild: “[An] extraordinary reading experience.”

See Kareem discuss the book with Billy Crystal and Katie Couric, >Click Here<

and Arsenio Hall and Dr. Phil, >Click Here<

and Bradley Steven Perry on Disney XD Xtra, >Click Here<

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