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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar inspires students in Harlem

On November 14, 2013 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar came to St. Aloysius school in Harlem to talk to students about his life, his new book and the importance of education.  Kareem also fielded questions from the students and made a big impression on the school basketball team.


Here is more information about the event.

Press Release from Reading Is Fundamental

Reading Is Fundamental and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Celebrate New Children's Book with Harlem Students

NEW YORK - Reading Is Fundamental (RIF), the nation's largest children's literacy organization, hosted a special literacy celebration featuring basketball legend and best-selling author Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on the morning of November 14.

Abdul-Jabbar spoke to students in grades 4 - 6 who were part of the St. Aloysius Education Clinic, a RIF program in Harlem that provides educational programming and academic support to students throughout New York City. He read excerpts from his new children's book Sasquatch in the Paint and discussed themes from the book, including courage, friendship, and teamwork.

About RIF

Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) delivers free books and literacy resources to children and families in underserved communities in the United States. By giving children the opportunity to own a book, RIF inspires them to become lifelong readers and achieve their full potential. As the nation's largest children's literacy nonprofit, RIF has placed 410 million books in the hands of more than 39 million children since it was established in 1966. Learn more and help RIF provide books to kids who need them most, visit  

About Skyhook:

The Skyhook Foundation's mission is to Give Kids a Shot that Can't Be Blocked by enhancing STEM through literacy in under-served communities The founder, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the NBA's All-Time Leading Scorer and UCLA-trained scholar, travels around the world to provide books and films to disenfranchised youth, and to encourage mentor-led educational programs like STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) in underserved communities.


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