Sport has always been a part of Jamal Khalil Atkins’ life. The second son of Albert William Atkins and Jeannette Sykes Atkins, Jamal’s parents incorporated a philosophy of life that exalted and combined a high respect of body, will and mind.
A longtime Baltimore City Department of Recreation & Parks recreation center leader, Sykes Atkins raised her boys in a home where physical education and well-being mattered. Mother Atkins stressed spiritual wellness, introducing Jamal and his older brother, Ajene, to living a life of purpose through Christ. She blended sport with culture and education, instilling in her children a sense of social responsibility, respect for universal fundamental ethical principles and the preservation of human dignity.
Jamal’s father, Albert, was a two-sport student-athlete while attending Morgan State University. Competing well into his 60s, the elder Atkins passed on his enthusiasm and love of sport to his youngest son.
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