Deon Hunter: Building Believers

Deon Hunter: Building Believers

Deon Hunter: Building Believers

by Barbara Scott-Kolb

As a boy, Deon Hunter spent every spare minute of his time with a basketball in his hands. Watching his older brother compete at the local Dallas Parks and Recreation Center ignited a fire within his soul for the game, and as a result of his own hard work and dedication, Deon received a scholarship to play for the University of North Texas. He played for the Dallas Mavericks Free Agent Camp and went on to compete professionally in Argentina. “I was relentless in my desire to become a serious, competitive, and well-liked player.”

Inspired by former coaches, Hunter has been developing young men and women for the last 28 years to acquire good character, intelligence, and a high sense of urgency for the game of basketball through his Hoop Hunter organization. His community of eager basketball enthusiasts throughout DFW are a testament to his teaching abilities. “We only offer high-level training when players get serious about improving their overall game. Mental attitude, work habits, self-drive, self-confidence, leadership, and family skills are what we desire to instill in our kids.”

The faith-based organization demands the Lord to be front and center in each of the camps Hunter provides. They provide a community outreach program, “Building Believers” to help instill Christianity through sports specific training. Deon has devoted his life to not merely improving the skills of a basketball player, but to impart a sense of respect, diligence, and faith for a young athlete. Throughout the holiday season, Hoop Hunter keeps its doors open. Individuals and teams have the option to attend camps or clinics to improve their game. It is an excellent opportunity to refine skills and compete against talented players while most are resting.

“What separates us from other sports organizations is that we are centered on biblical, family values. We take pride in being lifelong mentors to families and children regardless of how far or how long they play the game of basketball.” Deon Hunter has revamped the world of basketball for young men and women. As a man of faith, he inspires the journey of each of his students. Student-athletes desiring to be taught intellectually, spiritually, and athletically should reach out to Deon at or call his office at 817.808.3555. Those who are interested are welcome to donate to Hunter’s mission at

“As a faith-based, Christ-centered youth organization, I feel honored and privileged to have been called to youth sports by God.”

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