Hakeem Olajuwon

Biography Project for Mrs. Hemry's 8th grade Language Arts class
made by Mrs. Hemry as an example for her students

Hakeem Olajuwon was born on January 21,1963 in Nigeria and is still living.

Significant Events in History that Affected Hakeem's Life

Being drafted higher than Michael Jordan.

Being drafted higher than John Stockton.

Hakeem's Childhood

Growing up in Nigeria, Hakeem Olajuwon was part of a middle class family. He started to play basketball when the coach of his high school teacher noticed that he was athletic and very tall. He started his career in basketball at age 16.

People Who Influenced Hakeem's Life

Hakeem's father was an athletic person. He and Hakeem used to play handball when Hakeem was younger.

His brother played basketball with him to help improve his game.

Unique Facts

Hakeem was born and raised in Nigeria.

Hakeem is 7'0'' and weighs 254lbs.

Hakeem went to the University of Houston.

Hakeem was the 1st player sselected in the 1984 NBA draft.

Hakeem played for the Houston Rockets.

Hakeem's Accomplishments

2x NBA  Champion

NBA defensive Player of the Year 1993,1994

NBA Most Valuable Player 1994

NBA Finals Most Valuable Player 1994,1995

NBA All-Rookie Team 1985

The Theme of Hakeem's Life was......

Follow your destiny because, even when Hakeem was told he couldn't make it, he kept following what he believed he could do.

Hakeem's words of advice and what he has taught me..

"Never give up on your dream" said His mother.

"One for all. All for one" He said.

" Go all in" His high school coach once said.

For being a basketball player myself, I never realized what Hakeem had to go through to get where he is today. I really don't even know how he got scouted living in Nigeria. From where he was, to where he is now is a huge aspect of how Hakeem's life is.

Work Cited

Knapp, Ron. Sports Great Hakeem Olajuwon. Berkeley Heights, NJ: Enslow Publishers, 2004.



"Hakeem Olajuwon - The Dream [HD]." YouTube. YouTube, n.d. Web. 08 Mar. 2015.

Comment Stream

2 years ago

Excellent job on this project, Brandon! I especially enjoyed what you learned from his life! 😃