Joel Hans Embiid was born in Yaounde, Cameroon, to Christine and Thomas Embiid. He formed an early interest in volleyball and initially planned to play the sport professionally in Europe. However, Embiid took up basketball when he was 15 and moved to the United States at age 16 to focus on the sport. He enrolled at Montverde Academy and later transferred to The Rock School, in Gainesville, Florida. There, he posted per-game averages of 13.0 points, 9.7 rebounds and 1.9 blocked shots as a senior, helping his team to a state championship. That year, Embiid played in both the Jordan Brand Classic and the Nike Hoops Summit. After one year at the University of Kansas, Embiid reached the NBA, becoming the third Cameroonian-born player in league history. Since joining the Association, Embiid has performed numerous charitable acts. In 2018, he participated in the NBA Africa Game and Basketball without Borders camp in Johannesburg, South Africa. That year, he also handed out goodies and spent time with 200 local children at a Philadelphia-area Boys & Girls Club. In 2020, Embiid donated $500,000 to COVID-19 relief and teamed with Sixers' Managing Partners Josh Harris and David Blitzer to make a $1.3 million donation to Penn Medicine for Critical Support of Health Care Workers Fighting COVID-19. Learn more about Embiid by following him on Twitter (@JoelEmbiid) and on Instagram (@joelembiid).