Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to help fund “Camp Skyhook”

Former Lakers center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar recently partnered wtih Los Angeles Unified School Distrcit to fund "Camp Skyhook" Photo credit: Skyhook Foundation

Former Lakers center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar recently partnered wtih Los Angeles Unified School Distrcit to fund “Camp Skyhook” Photo credit: Skyhook Foundation

In an effort to teach kids far more important lessons than mastering his famed skyhook, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has collaborated with Los Angeles Unified School District to fund “Camp Skyhook,” a five-day overnight camp in Arcadia at the Clear Creek Outdoor Education Center in Angeles National Forest.

Abdul-Jabbar also donated $100,000 from his Skyhook Foundation to LAUSD Sunday at the California STEM Symposium in Sacramento. The STEM acronym stands for science, technology, engineering and math, four tenets that Abdul-Jabbar’s camp plan to teach to underprivileged children throughout LAUSD.

“Science, technology, engineering, math – that’s where today’s jobs are,” Abdul-Jabbar said in a statement. “That’s where the real
super stars of the future are. We need to help these kids get there.”

Each week, fourth and fifth grade students from two geographically diverse community within LAUSD’s 715-mille attendance area will be selected for the camp. With the partnership, there is hope that as many as 22,000 students will attend the camp throughout the year.

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