“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
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“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 15 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 second installment of the Mycroft Holmes series, entitled “Mycroft & Sherlock” was released in October of 2018. The last book in the trilogy “Mycroft & Sherlock: The Empty Birdcage” releases September 2019.
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. Currently, he is in the writers room working on Veronica Mars for Hulu, and in development on his first original T.V. series for Warner Brothers.
Before leaving office President Barack Obama awarded Abdul-Jabbar The Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.