Hassan Niam Whiteside, the son of Hasson Arbubakrr and Debby Whiteside, was born in 1989 in Gastonia, North Carolina. Whiteside, who has six brothers and three sisters, graduated from The Patterson School in 2009 after leading the team to a 34-2 record and a No. 1 national ranking. Inspired by his brother Nassan, Hassan has been active in causes which bring awareness to Autism and its implications. His family's charity, Nassan's Place, aims to "raise funds for support services and resources for those affected by autism". In the summer of 2018, he traveled to South Africa for the 16th edition of the NBA's Basketball Without Borders Africa program and participated in the 2018 NBA Africa game. You can follow Whiteside on Twitter @youngwhiteside and on Instagram @hassanwhiteside.