Abdul-Jabbar talks education with Illinois governor

March 19, 2012

Associated Press

NBA great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is pushing students on Chicago's South Side to become scientists and engineers while perfecting their jump shots.

Abdul-Jabbar joined Gov. Pat Quinn at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. College Preparatory High School on Sunday to encourage more students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

About 300 students attended the event. They also received copies of Abdul-Jabbar's book on African American inventors.

Abdul-Jabbar has been involved in education and social justice issues since retiring from the NBA in 1989. His Skyhook Foundation works to improve children's lives through education and sports.

Abdul-Jabbar is the NBA career scoring leader and a Hall of Famer.

The former UCLA star scored 38,387 points during his 20-year NBA career with the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers.