An Athlete To Remember Michael Jordan

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Michael Jordan has been a superstar basketball player throughout much of his life. He led the Bulls to six National Basketball Association (NBA) Championships, led the NBA in scoring five times during his career, and won two gold medals for the United States of America Olympic basketball team among other things (Pietrusza 91). Though Michael Jordan’s father was murdered, he persevered and helped transcend the game of basketball’s popularity to new heights. My National History Day project will explore the successes and tragedies in the life of Michael Jordan, including his rise to fame after being cut from his high school varsity basketball team, to the tragedy of his father’s death, and his unbelievably successful professional basketball career. Michael Jordan changed the game of basketball because he would not accept failure and disappointment.Michael Jordan was born February 17, 1963 in Brooklyn, New York (Biography np). Before Jordan began attending grade school, his family moved to North Carolina because James and Deloris Jordan, Jordan’s parents, wanted a safer environment for their children. Jordan began to fall in love with basketball when his older brother, Larry used to beat him in one-on-one pickup games in the Jordan family’s driveway (Air np). Jordan went to high school in North Carolina at Laney High School. As a sophomore, Jordan tried out for Laney’s varsity basketball team but was cut. This devastated Jordan, but drove him to work harder so that he would never feel this kind of pain and disappointment again (Air np). Jordan did make the junior varsity team and he became so good that the varsity basketball team and coaches would come to all his games just to watch him play (Biography np). After his sophomore year, Jordan began to rise into the national spotlight. As a junior and senior basketball player, he averaged 25 points a game. In Jordan’s senior year at Laney High School, he was named to the McDonald’s All-American team. This helped earn him a scholarship to the University of North Carolina, where he became a basketball superstar (Biography np).In college, Michael Jordan became an instant success at the University of North Carolina where he led the Tar Heels to a National Basketball Championship as a freshman (Pietrusza 18). Not only did he help lead the team; but he made the game winning shot for the National Title (Pietrusza 18). That year he also won the Atlantic Costal Conference (ACC) Freshman Player of the Year award (Biography np). In 1984 during his junior year in college, Jordan won the Naismith College Basketball Player of the Year award (notablebiographies np). After that, he decided that he had nothing left to accomplish in college basketball and decided to leave and join the NBA (Air np).Michael Jordan again had instant success at the NBA level of basketball. He became the third overall pick in the 1984 NBA draft by the Chicago Bulls (Pietrusza 21). Drafting Michael Jordan...

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