An NBA champion, 10-time All-Star, two-time Olympic gold medalist, and head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks, Jason Kidd ’96, will establish The Jason Kidd Scholarship for men’s basketball, earning him a distinction as a Builder of Berkeley. For his 20th reunion this year, we look at how Jason Kidd continues to share his passion and pride for Cal.
A Bay Area native, Jason Kidd was a national sensation by the time he reached his junior year of high school at St. Joseph High School in Alameda. Leading his high school to two state championships and earning the Naismith Award as the nation’s top high school player his senior year, every major college basketball program in American wanted him. When it came time for him to make a decision, Kidd chose Cal over the rest.
As a freshman at Cal in 1992-93, Kidd recorded a school-record 110 steals to lead the nation as he led the Bears to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament, beating LSU and defending champion Duke on his way to being named the National Freshman of the Year. As a sophomore, he posted a single-season school record of 272 assists, and his 204 career steals over those two seasons remain the most in program history. In addition, Kidd was the No. 2 overall pick in the NBA Draft of 1994, and in 2004, he was inducted into the Pac-12 Hall of Honor and saw his No. 5 Cal jersey retired at Haas Pavilion. “Cal has always been home,” Kidd tells Cal Athletics, “Growing up in the Bay Area and then being able to attend Cal, I had two of the most incredible years there and I’ve always taken pride in wearing the Cal shirt and being able to say I’m a Golden Bear.”
Kidd continues to show his pride for Cal through his philanthropy and support for education. Most recently, he made a commitment of over $1 million to endow The Jason Kidd Scholarship. “The vision behind The Jason Kidd Scholarship endowment is to help the next youth player and family. Being able to give back to the community and to a great school like Cal is a dream come true for me and my family.” Kidd tells Cal Athletics. With this gift, Kidd is now paving the way for future student-athletes to join the Cal family and carry their experiences forward into the world.