Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is one of basketball's greatest players. The 7-foot-2 Hall of Fame center, famous for his indefensible skyhook, dominated the NBA for 20 years and is the NBA's All-Time Leading Scorer with 38,387 points. Prior to his stellar professional career, Kareem led the UCLA Bruins to three consecutive NCAA championships and was named the only player in the 75-year history of the NCAA to be named the Most Valuable Player of the Tournament three years in row.
Today, Kareem's leadership skills have taken on a new direction. In addition to being a New York Times best-selling author and award-winning filmmaker, Kareem also believes education issues should be a critical focus in the US and around the globe. In 2012, Kareem was named a US Cultural Ambassador by Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton and has been named California's STEM Education (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) Afterschool Ambassador. Abdul-Jabbar has also been honored by the NBA with his own 16' tall bronze statue at Staples Center, Los Angeles memorializing his contributions to the city and his team with his signature skyhook.
Having been diagnosed with Philadelphia chromosome-positive chronic myeloid leukemia (Ph+ CML) in 2008, Kareem has also become a passionate cancer advocate, speaking across the country to others about his cancer journey. Kareem is currently writing three new children's books for Disney's Hyperion, which are based on a basketball street gang and will publish later this year. He is a regular contributing columnist for ESPN.com and The Huffington Post.