NBA legend, humanitarian, and author Kareem Abdul-Jabbar visited Oakland High yesterday to congratulate the Oakland High boys and Oakland Tech girls basketball teams for winning state championship titles this year.
He was there to celebrate the teams, and also to share a message about education: “What you have to do is put in the work, put in the hours. Study what you have to study. You can be whatever you want to be.”
Oakland High principal Pamela Moy also stated that the boys basketball team student-athletes have maintained at least a 3.0 GPA.
After Abdul-Jabbar spoke, the young people lined up on stage to meet him and get copies of On the Shoulders of Giants: My Journey Through the Harlem Renaissance signed by the author. Abdul-Jabbar studied history at UCLA, and has a foundation focusing on STEM education. He is a CA Department of Education ambassador.