Friday, May 11th, 2012 at 4:46 pm  |  18 responses

Shareef Abdur-Rahim to Receive Degree From Cal-Berkeley

From our friends at Goodwin Sports:


Former NBA All-Star, 2000 Olympic gold medalist and third overall selection in the 1996 NBA Draft Shareef Abdur-Rahim can now add “college graduate” to his impressive resume.

Abdur-Rahim will graduate Monday, May 14 from the University of California at Berkeley – the school where he played his freshman season of NCAA basketball. He’ll receive his degree in Sociology having recorded a 3.8 grade point average.

Entering the NBA following his freshmen year at Cal, Abdur-Rahim continued to pursue his education through off-season summer courses as well as extension programs during his NBA playing schedule. He played 12 seasons in the NBA with the Vancouver Grizzlies, Atlanta Hawks, Portland Trail Blazers and Sacramento Kings.

Abdur-Rahim announced his retirement as a NBA player in September of 2008 and immediately joined the Kings coaching staff. After two years of coaching, he was promoted to the position of assistant general manager with the organization.

With education as his longstanding focus, Abdur-Rahim launched the Future Foundation in 2001 in his home state of Georgia. Through its mission, the foundation continues to provide support systems for Atlanta’s disadvantaged youth in order to increase their options for post-secondary education.

Since its inception 11 years ago, the foundation has enjoyed great success due to Abdur-Rahim’s support, guidance and passion for education. Future Foundation’s teen center in Atlanta boasts a 100 percent graduation rate.

“Much of my work outside basketball has been dedicated to my non-profit organization. The Future Foundation’s focus is to help young people reach their educational potential,” said Abdur-Rahim.

“Although I left Cal after only one year, it has always been my goal to complete my degree,” he said. “Receiving my degree will be an extremely proud moment for me and my family. I hope it will also help inspire many of the students our foundation proudly serves and encourages.”

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  • matt

    good for him! and for what he wants to stand for!

  • http://slamonline.com 19821982

    Oh Schnap! Throw back. Props

  • Riki

    Just a classy guy and a great professional.

  • jedi420

    As a Vancouverite I have so much respect for this guy.. One of the only guys that never complained about playing in Canada, worked hard, and improved his game year by year.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com albie1kenobi

    Go Bears!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Red


  • http://www.slamonline.com Red

    Congrats to this dude, a model for Muslim athletes.

  • http://www.future-foundation.com/ Jerome

    His most impressive stat is the Future Foundation’s 100% graduation rate. Nice work there. Will have to visit if ever in the neighborhood. Comin’ up slammin’ classroom doors …

  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    congrats, true pro

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Nice, congrats Reef!

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Are American colleges (in particular UC Berkeley) graded on a scale of 4.0, 4.3, or 4.5? Just wondering.

  • underdog

    Class act.

  • http://nba.com/celtics lights out

    Teddy: 4.0. and this is awesome.

  • Jose McMillan

    Nice to see this. For some reason, I can take it much more seriously than Shaq’s doctorate.

    Kudos to Slam for reporting on this.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    thanks lights out.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Dagger

    @jedi420: Amazing that anyone could complain about being loaded in Vancouver!

  • MikeC.

    Vancouver is a secret gem. Absolutely amazing place. It’s mesmerizing in the summer. Winter, not so much. It’s pretty grey and rainy, but that’s better than snow and wind chill. Must be why they grow those tremendous “herbs”. When it’s grey and rainy for weeks on end, just stay indoors and burn some herbs.