What is a Biography?
A biography is a detailed description or account of
a person's life.
A biography has the following characteristics:
• It describes a real person
• It informs us about their childhood, important
events in their life and their personality
• It shows that the writer knows a lot about this
Why Michael Jordan?
• He is an interesting sport star
• My godfather has always admired him.
• I enjoy playing basketball.
• Michael Jordan was born on February
17,1963 in Brooklyn, New York.
• Before he reached his first birthday his
parents: James and Deloris moved the
family to Wilmington, where Michael’s
father built a basketball court in the
backyard of the new house in Wilmington.
• Michael Jordan had two brothers –Larry
and James and two sisters – Delores and
• As a child he played three different sports:
football, basketball and baseball.
• Michael Jordan’s basketball skills in high
school drew the attention of University of
North Carolina coaches. The coaches
made sure that Jordan attended Dean
Smith’s basketball camp in 1980.
• Dean Smith was so impressed with Jordan
that he offered him a scholarship.
• This meant that Jordan didn’t have to pay
any college fees.
• In 1984, Michael Jordan joined a team
called the ‘Chicago Bulls’.
• He was the best player on the team and
averaged over 37 points each game!
• Michael helped the ‘Bulls’ to win their third
championship in a row.
• He retired from basketball in 1933, just 62
days after his father was shot during a
• Jordan was very close to his dad so this
was a particularly difficult time for him.
• Then he decided that he wanted to try
baseball because it was his father’s
• Michael Jordan signed a
contract with the Chicago White
Sox and played professional
baseball for one year.
• In 1995 he returned to
basketball and played with the
Chicago Bulls again.
• They won their fourth title on father’s
and Jordan dedicated the championship
to his father.
• In 1998, Jordan retired from basketball for
a second time – this time for 3 years!
• Maybe he decided he was too young to
retire so he then joined a basketball team
called the Washington Wizards.
• He played for two years and then he truly
ended his basketball career.
• Jordan also competed at Olympic Level!
• He played on the USA Olympic team in
two different Olympic Games (1984 in L.A
and 1992 in Barcelona)
• They won the Gold medal very easily both
• Jordan signed many contracts with
companies such as Nike, Mc Donald’s and
Gatorade (a popular sports drink).
• He designed his own runners called ‘Air
Jordan’ that made millions of Dollars for
Nike and himself.
• The runners had a logo with Jordan
jumping in the air with a basketball in his
• The runners were called ‘Air Jordan’
because people were saying that he could
fly through the air.
• In 1989 Jordan married his girlfriend and
the couple had three children: Jeffrey,
Marcus and Jasmine.
• Unfortunately in 2006 after 17 years
together, they got divorced.
Where is he now?
• Now Michael Jordan is 50 years old.
• He remarried earlier this year in Florida at
a big wedding surrounded by many
• He still earns $80 MILLION every year and
is one of the most highly paid athletes in
• He gets the money from Nike, Gatorade,
Hanes, Upperdeck and 2K sports.
Where is he now?
• He also owns a few restaurants, a car
dealership, a motorsports team and a
basketball team called the ‘Charlotte
• He lives in this gated mansion in Illinois,
• Thanks for listening to my presentation
• I hope you find Michael Jordan interesting
and I hope you enjoyed listening.
• I will finish by showing you a short video of
Jordan doing what he does best.