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Abdul-Jabbar K-Robert ParishBasketball icon Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is readily known as the NBA's all-time leading scorer and for his indefensible "skyhook". But since retiring from the game, he is recognized for another important endeavor: motivating and inspiring young students in education -- including science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Get ready for an unforgettable experience at the Festival Expo this April when this celebrated athlete, best-selling author, filmmaker and ambassador for education presents timely insights into the importance of STEM and its role in defining America's future in innovation!

You'll not want to miss it as Kareem shares his inspiring message in several related areas, including how The Skyhook Foundation (the program he founded as a partnership with the Los Angeles Unified School District) helps "Give Kids A Shot That Can't Be Blocked" by motivating them to aspire to higher educational goals. His other topics will explore: "We Are What We Celebrate: What Makes a Hero in Today's Society" (a theme which he will tie to innovation and 21st century skills), and his book, What Color Is My World?: The Lost History of African-American Inventors - a children's book published in 2012 covering the impact of African-American inventors. The book reached #3 on the New York Times Best Sellers List.

Kareem is part of our exciting lineup of celebrity performers set for the Expo, April 26-27 in Washington, D.C., which also features such luminaries as: Bill Nye the Science Guy; organic chemist Donna Nelson, science advisor to AMC's hit TV series, Breaking Bad; physicist David Salzberg, science consultant for CBS TV's The Big Bang Theory; and Paul DePodesta, the high-powered professional baseball executive and statistician who inspired the best-selling book and major motion picture, Moneyball.

Learn more about The Skyhook Foundation here: