Manhattan Country School has added basketball player and activist Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir to its 2018 Living the Dream Mentor Award honoree line up. Bilqis will join Harris Friess ’98 and Lyle Friess ’00, co-executive directors of Brooklyn Youth Sports Club, and Jermaine Lloyd, founder of Back 2 Basics Academy, at Big Night Out!, Saturday, April 28, 2018, to receive the award.
Bilqis is the all-time leading scorer (male or female) in Massachusetts history for high school basketball. In 2010, she became the first NCAA Division I basketball player to play while wearing a hijab. After college, she intended to play basketball professionally, but couldn’t because of an International Basketball Federation rule banning hijabs. While her own dream was benched, she spoke out for the next generation. Through her efforts, the ban was overturned in 2017. Today, Bilqis inspires young Muslim women as a sports instructor and motivational speaker.
Previous Living the Dream Mentor Award honorees include Writer Ta-Nehisi Coates, Former Secretary of Labor Robert B. Reich, New York City Deputy Mayor of Housing and Economic Development Alicia Glen ’80, U.S. Representative John Lewis and Civil Rights Activist Ruby Bridges.
Big Night Out! features the Living the Dream Mentor Award ceremony, dinner, dancing and an online auction. Revenue from Big Night Out! helps MCS raise the more than $2 million needed to sustain our sliding-scale tuition program each year.
For more information about Big Night Out!, visit the event page on the MCS website.