|Wooden's Wisdom - Volume 12||Issue 592|
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"THE MOST NOBLE PURPOSE OF KNOWLEDGE IS TO HELP OTHERS" (KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR)
John Wooden Video Clip (3 min. 03 sec.): Coach Wooden is asked: "Did Bill Walton ever challenge you on your rules." Long but fun and inciteful clip.
When Kareem Abdul-Jabbar sat in John Wooden’s office as a high school senior on his recruiting trip to UCLA, the primary topic was one both men agreed upon. The number one reason Kareem would attend UCLA was to get his education. Both men agreed that basketball was for a short time, but that the knowledge Kareem would acquire was something he would have his whole life.
Kareem has used his acquired knowledge: "To Help Others".
In 2021 the NBA created the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Social Justice Champion Award to honor the next generation of athletes who lift their communities.
He is a New York Times best-selling author who has written 17 books. His books cover a range of topics from historical fiction to nonfiction. His work is inspirational and entertaining. https://www.bookseriesinorder.com/kareem-abdul-jabbar/
Kareem founded Camp Skyhook which provides underprivileged 4th and 5th graders with an experience that inspires them towards a future in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, math). Children embark on a 5-day, 4-night program in the Angeles National Forest where nature becomes the classroom, providing an experience that is transformational. About Camp Skyhook - Skyhook Foundation
Kareem has sold 5.8 million dollars in personal memorabilia and donated the bulk of the proceeds to benefit Camp Skyhook. Kareem said: "When it comes to choosing between storing a championship ring or trophy in a room or providing kids with an opportunity to change their lives, the choice is pretty simple: Sell it all. Looking back on what I have done with my life, instead of gazing at the sparkle of jewels or gold plating celebrating something I did a long time ago, I’d rather look into the delighted face of a child holding their first caterpillar and think about what I might be doing for their future. That’s a history that has no price."
What are you doing with your knowledge?
Yours in Coaching,
Mine is a song of hope
Edgar Albert Guest (1881-1959)
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