SACRAMENTO, Calif. -
Basketball legend and New York Times best-selling author Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will help lead efforts to boost after school STEM learning opportunities for California’s kids.
Education in STEM—Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math—is considered to be one of the keys to California’s economic future.
Abdul-Jabbar will serve as the California After School STEM Ambassador, speaking publicly and raising awareness of the importance of education in these subjects.
Torlakson and Abdul-Jabbar appeared together Monday at the California STEM Summit in San Diego to announce the appointment.
Hall of Famer Abdul-Jabbar, 65, is the NBA’s All-Time Leading Scorer, NBA Champion, MVP, and All-Star.
Since retiring from the game, he has become a speaker, author, film-maker, educator, and Global Cultural Ambassador.
This is a one-year appointment. Abdul-Jabbar will make appearances at several after school STEM events throughout the year and promote STEM as a critical issue in both education and the economy.
Abdul-Jabbar will launch a multi-city national tour in 2013 in support of STEM Education that includes a 300+ piece memorabilia exhibit that allows kids to see how STEM Education continues to play a role in the business of basketball.