Dewey Number: 796.0
Joel Embiid grew up in Cameroon—an African country with only two basketball courts. He didn’t play basketball until he was 15 years old. Soon after, he left home to follow his
unlikely dream of playing professional basketball half a world away. Today, Embiid is an NBA star with the Philadelphia 76ers. At 7’0” tall, he dominates as one of the NBA’s best “big men.” His journey to the NBA wasn’t easy. He suffered injuries and personal losses along the way. Those difficulties helped Joel Embiid become a star off the court too—helping and inspiring others to achieve their dreams.