Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Donates Safety Goggles to Scripps Caregivers

NBA legend thanks providers for efforts to fight COVID-19

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar poses with staff from Scripps Health in San Diego, where he donated safety googles for COVID-19 response.

NBA legend thanks providers for efforts to fight COVID-19

NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar recently visited Scripps Health in San Diego to donate 900 pairs of safety goggles to protect health care professionals on the front lines of fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.


Kareem regularly wore goggles on his way to becoming the NBA’s all-time leading scorer — so it’s fitting that he’s donating them in what may be one of his biggest assists yet, off of the court.


He said he wants to thank all of the doctors, nurses and medical professionals for all they’re doing to help fight the coronavirus. Kareem good-naturedly added that he hopes health care providers look as good wearing the goggles as he did when he played.


Kareem was motivated to give back after learning about the need for more medical equipment from his longtime lawyer Steven Anapoell, whose brother Dr. William Anapoell practices at Scripps. Kareem’s longtime friend and manager for the last 25 years, Deborah Morales, is leveraging his name, image and likeness globally to help locate and secure other much-needed, high-quality medical supplies for Scripps and other hospitals in Southern California.

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