Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, a former NBA player and an advocate to make the world a better place is getting his name on a new award. On Thursday, the NBA announced the creation of the ‘Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Social Justice Champion Award’ which recognizes players who are making efforts to fight for social justice. Every NBA team will choose one nomination from their team; from there, five finalists will be chosen and then ending with one winner.
The winner of the award will receive $100,000 for a charity of their choice. The four finalists will also get $25,000 each, which would be used for charity. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver commented on the award by saying “In addition to being one of our greatest players, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has devoted much of his life to advocating for equality and social justice.”
Abdul-Jabbar spent a lot of his life fighting for social justice in one way or another. He actually met Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the young age of 17. He attended the famous Clevland Summit in June 1967 where prominent black athletes came together to converse with Muhammad Ali.
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