Jemal was born and raised in Aruba. He played various sports growing up from baseball to tennis and finally settling in swimming. At the age of 11 Jemal was part of the national swim team of Aruba where he began traveling and competing at various competitions around the world. Through the countless support of his family, friends, teachers, and swim federation he was able to find balance in school and swimming. In that same year Michael Phelps won a record 8 gold medals at the 2008 Bejing Olympic Games. A couple other well known swimmers such as: Cullon Jones, Shaun and Brett fraser were among a few from the caribbean who had excellent performances. This inspired Jemal in pursing what would be his greatest goal at the time; Competing in the Olympic Games for his small Caribbean island. In 2011 Jemal was awarded an Olympic scholarship from the IOC (International Olympic Committee) in order to help fund any expenses necessary to prepare him for the 2012 Olympics. This is when Jemal made the decision to move to the U.S in pursue of his dreams. He lived, went to school, and practiced in South Florida leading up to the 2012 Olympics. Jemal was humbled and honored to find out he was selected as best performing athlete in the 4 year span and was selected to represent his country and be the appointed flag bearer at the 2012 London Olympic Games. After the Olympics Jemal wanted to pursue a college degree where he end up signing and swimming for The Florida State University. He began volunteering around the Tallahassee community with his teammates from reading books to middle schoolers, to helping donate and distribute food and items to the less fortunate. This is where he really began noticing and appreciating the impact a collective group can have on a problem. Jemal graduated FSU in 2017 with a degree in International affairs and two minors in Business and Entrepreneurship.