Hall-of-famer and NBA’s all-time scoring leader Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has been named Global Cultural Ambassador by secretary of state Hillary Clinton, according to the State Department.
“I am excited and honored to serve my country as a Cultural Ambassador for the U.S. Department of State. I look forward to meeting with young people all over the world and discussing ways in which we can strengthen our understanding of one another through education, through sports, and through greater cultural tolerance,” said Abdul-Jabar during a meeting today with Clinton.
During the meeting, the two discussed the strong relationship between the people of the United States and Brazil as well as Abdul-Jabbar’s plans to travel to Brazil and meet with underserved youth in Salvador and Rio de Janeiro. His mission will include teaching young people on the importance of education, social and racial tolerance, cultural understanding, and using sports as a means of empowerment. After his hall-of-fame basketball career, Abdul-Jabbar devoted himself to socio-economic justice. He further committed himself to the importance of such issues by creating the Skyhook Foundation, which works to improve children’s lives through education and sports.