Aleem Hassanali: En Route to the Raptors

Aleem Hassanali: En Route to the RaptorsSource: Haskayne – University of Calgary

As a kid growing up in a single-parent family where money was scarce, Aleem Hassanali had an unusual way of predicting his future.

The evening before a high school test, he would go by himself to a basketball court near his home to shoot some hoops. “I would say: ‘If I get this shot, it’s a sign I’m going to get an A+,’” says Hassanali, BComm’14.

He went on to be a finance student at the Haskayne School of Business, and now, at age 25, he’s using his education to reach his goal of not only becoming a general manager of an NBA team but helping it win the championship. He expects it will take at least 15 years to realize what he is careful not to call his dream. “If I use words like ‘practical,’ or ‘dream,’ then I’m limiting myself mentally,” he says.

Hassanali was raised in the Toronto area and in Calgary by his mom, an immigrant from Tanzania who worked in house- and hotel- cleaning services to put food on the table. He learned from her example about the value of hard work and perseverance.

Source: En Route to the Raptors | Haskayne | University of Calgary

Author: ismailimail

Independent, civil society media featuring Ismaili Muslim community, inter and intra faith endeavors, achievements and humanitarian works.

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