Jelani has been an athlete for many years. He was born in Oklahoma City, Ok and now resides in Los Angeles, Ca. In high school, he was a competitive swimmer, football player, baseball player, track and field athlete, and an All-State Basketball player. He went on to become a collegiate basketball player and after college, ventured into the corporate world for some time.
When he realized his passion remained in sports, and in working with children, he earned his Masters in Education. Jelani currently enjoys a rewarding career, teaching Physical Education to elementary students and coaching a high school basketball team.