With Allah’s Name, The Merciful Benefactor, The Merciful Redeemer
Hakeem developed a passion for competition and speed during his early childhood in East Orange, New Jersey. As soon as he was old enough, he joined pee wee football and basketball teams and ran track. He spent his teenage years in Powhatan, VA, where he continued his athletic career playing basketball, football, and track at Powhatan High School. Hakeem especially became passionate about football and track and field. As a track and field competitor, he served as the team captain and competed in long jump, triple jump, shot put, discus, and was a hurdler and a 100 meter and 200 meter sprinter. Hakeem was extremely successful with track and field, but football was his passion. He played multiple positions on offense and played cornerback on defense and led the Powhatan Indians to a career record of 36-3. Although he could have played both track and field and football in college, Hakeem accepted a football scholarship to The University Of Virginia College at Wise to play the running back position. Hakeem's football career ended abruptly during his senior year due to an ACL injury which ended his hopes of pursuing a professional football career. However, he had an incredibly successful collegiate football career with 2,234 total yards, 31 touchdowns, and currently ranks 5th at UVa-Wise for rushing touchdowns. Coach Dewey Lusk was Hakeem's Offensive Coach who is now the Head Coach of the UVa-Wise Football Team. Coach Lusk has coached both football and baseball for 31 years, and he said "Hakeem is probably the best all-around athlete I have ever coached." He was not surprised when he heard that Hakeem is a USA Bobsled athlete.