“I can do more than stuff a ball through a hoop. My greatest asset is my mind.”
NBA all-time leading scorer, New York Times-bestselling author, and U.S. Cultural Ambassador
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is a global icon that changed the game of professional basketball. Since his stellar professional career, he has gone on to become a celebrated New York Times-bestselling author, filmmaker, ambassador of education, and Time Magazine columnist. A sought-after speaker, Abdul-Jabbar recounts in riveting and humorous detail his exciting evolution from street ball player to successful athlete, author, producer, and community activist.
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“Kareem was a terrific hit with our audience. He is a deep thinker and passionate student of society and human nature. Beyond valuable input on achieving long term success, he brought a sense of wisdom and insight on a range of topics of interest to our group. I highly recommend him as a guest speaker.”Sterling Shea, Associate Publisher
Head of Advisory and Wealth Management Programs at Barron’s
“Coach Wooden and Me is a must read for any sports fan who wants to go deep into the relationship of a great coach and a great player. Two great men pop off the pages and in the process address a real American dilemma: How can a white person from the Midwest who never had to confront racism understand and relate to an urban African-American man who had to confront it almost every day of his life. Coach and Kareem did just that and present a divided American with a path for understanding. I treasure this book just as I treasure my 55 year friendship with Kareem.”Dr. Richard LapchickDirector, The Institute for Diversity & Ethics in Sport at the University of Central Florida
Currently, Abdul-Jabbar serves as the chairman of his Skyhook Foundation whose mission is to “Give Kids a Shot That Can’t be Blocked” by bringing educational STEM opportunities to underserved communities through innovative outdoor environmental learning. A NY Times best-selling author, he has written 14 books, including two recent memoirs: Becoming Kareem for young readers, and Coach Wooden and Me about his lifelong friendship with famed UCLA coach John Wooden.
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 coin 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.
It’s All about the Rebound
“To the outsider, my life has been a series of successes, from college basketball to the NBA to political commentator to novelist. But each success story only came after overcoming many challenging obstacles including racism, criticism that I was too skinny to be a formidable NBA basketball player, outlawing the dunk to stop me from scoring while dominating college basketball, criticism from the press and my peers, anti-Muslim sentiment, struggles to get coaching positions due to personality conflicts, difficulties becoming a coach or color commentator on TV, and being taken seriously as a writer. Each of these obstacles was overcome through discipline, perseverance, patience, and some harsh introspection. The road has not been easy, which has made it all the more rewarding.”
The Mycroft Method: How to Become More Productive by Becoming More Deductive
Using the astute observational skills of Mycroft Holmes, whose abilities even Sherlock says are greater than his own, learn how to better observe your world and make it more productive at work and at home.
Finding Your Inner All-Star
From the streets of Harlem to six NBA championships to bestselling author to award-winning film producer and U.S. Cultural Ambassador, the 19-time NBA all-star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has been an all-star at everything he’s attempted. With riveting and humorous detail, Abdul-Jabbar recounts his exciting evolution from street ball player to successful athlete, author, producer, and community activist. Kareem also discusses how he triumphed over CML Leukemia cancer to become healthy and cancer-free. Abdul-Jabbar’s approach to life can provide an inspirational strategy for others and provide insight to key leadership skills for success.
From Locker Room to Conference Room: Building Successful Teams
Every team Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has played on from high school to the NBA has been a winning team. Using what he’s learned during his 20 years in the pros—from his own experiences as well as from great coaches such as John Wooden—Abdul-Jabbar will cite personal examples and experiences and show how these same principles can be used to build corporate winning teams.
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