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At Shooting For Success we don’t just develop better basketball players. We grow better people.
We are a youth and elite basketball organization dedicated to helping players develop the right mechanics, a better understanding of the game, and a set of core values to guide them on and off the court. Lead by our SFS Core Values, our organization provides a positive and encouraging environment where athletes foster a strong work ethic and discipline that will serve them well in life no matter where they go or what they do. Our coaches and trainers lead by example. We expect SFS athletes to do the same.
LEADERSHIP, HONESTY, INTEGRITY, DISCIPLINE, SPORTSMANSHIP, RESPECT, CONFIDENCE, RESPONSIBILITY, PERSEVERANCE, COURTESY, JUDGEMENT, WORK ETHIC, COMMITMENT.
SFS FOUNDER DAVID DJ JONES
As someone who came relatively late to the game of basketball, I had to work harder and faster than many of my teammates and opponents. Little did I know at the time, I was growing not only a love for basketball that would fuel me to play professionally, but a work ethic that would carry over to my life off the court, as much as on it.
Hard work earned me a scholarship to play basketball at Concordia University. Next, I had an opportunity to play basketball overseas, entering into a professional basketball career that would span over 13 years and take me to Germany, throughout Europe, and around the world. I have had the opportunity to play against true basketball greats such as Dirk Nowitski and have held records for 3-point shots and points scored per game throughout my career.
While playing professional basketball was an incredible dream conquered, I discovered my life goal, one day, when given the opportunity to coach a German youth basketball team. Working with up and coming athletes and sharing my basketball and life experience with them fulfilled me more than winning any game or coveting any new record ever could. Utilizing all that I had learned playing ball to teach others became my true passion. It became the foundation for Shooting For Success.
COACH DEANDRA HAGGRAY
I feel lucky to have come to SFS with a wealth of basketball experience, having played basketball from the third grade through college. I grew up in San Antonio and was named all-city point guard while a four-year starter at Douglas MacArthur High School. While pursuing my love for biology at Texas Lutheran University and later UTSA, I also discovered a passion for coaching basketball, helping kids achieve their dreams on and off the court by teaching them to train and play with integrity, discipline, and confidence.
COACH SHON SMITH
Coach Shon’s always had basketball in his genes. He grew up an Army military youth where his father played All Army. It was at the Joint Base Lewis-McChord that Shon learned first-hand about sports, having participated in recreational and AAU leagues. Shon switched to coaching early his professional career, leading military youth programs in basketball, soccer, golf, tennis and more.
When he’s not coaching and training with Shooting For Success, Shon can be found court-side at Great Hearts Northern Oaks where he coaches its basketball program. Shon’s goal is to help youth of all ages find their true potential through sports. Shon says he’s a “Day 1” San Antonio Spurs Fan and enjoys hiking trails and music when he has some time off the court.