Podcast: Deon Thomas, University of Illinois

Deon Thomas, All-time leading scorer for University of Illinois basketball

Listen in to this week’s episode as Deon Thomas, the All-time leading scorer for the University of Illinois basketball sits down with our host Roy Kessel to talk about his playing days, his coaching career and how those two experiences along with his background growing up impact the work that he is doing in the community.

Deon Thomas shares his wisdom with our host Roy Kessel in this week’s episode
  • 01:00     Post College career
  • 03:00     Joined Play Ball, teaching sports to children
  • 04:30     Coaching Career
  • 06:55     Walked away from basketball
  • 14:00     Background and life growing up
  • 17:10     Role at University of Illinois, Chicago
  • 21:10     Conversation with the students/biggest equalizer
  • 23:30     Plans after sports
  • 32:00     Grandmother’s influence
  • 35:30     Speeches to schools
  • 38:00     What rule would he change in basketball

If you would like more information about the work that Deon Thomas is performing in the community or if you like to connect with him, please let us know and we would be happy to connect you!!

Roy Kessel

Roy Kessel

Roy Kessel is the Founder of the Sports Philanthropy Network. Roy has worked in the sports business world for over 20 years including serving as an instructor in Northwestern University's graduate Sports Management Program. Having served as a sports lawyer representing athletes, entrepreneurs and start-up businesses, Roy has extensive experience helping organizations improve their strategy, marketing, communications and leadership development.
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