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Keith graduated from Georgetown University with a BA in Philosophy in 2007. After graduation, he taught Physical Education at TEAM Academy Charter School in Newark, New Jersey, a nationally recognized KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Programs) school. In 2009 he began working at Project SHARE, a food bank in his hometown of Carlisle, Pennsylvania, where he helped distribute food to needy families in the community. Keith is now a resident of the Himalayan Institute where he studies yoga and meditation. He is also a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters and has had previous experience tutoring, coaching middle school basketball, and working at basketball camps. Keith brings valuable skills to Unity Hoops gained from both his teaching and life experience.
Justin is a Political Science Major with a double minor in Economics and Non-Profit Management at Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina. This junior has been a mainstay on the student-athlete honor roll, and the college's deans list. In addition to playing basketball at Guilford, Justin is a Resident Advisor, campus tour guide, active member of the Economics Club, and the treasurer of the new college organization Political Activism Thru Art. He is also very involved in the school's intramural sports program, having helped shape many of their events. Justin is a talented public speaker with a wealth of basketball knowledge and high level athletic experience. His immediate family consists of his mother Antoinette Bradley-Hannah, father Douglas Hannah, and older brother Jamel Bradley. They reside in Raleigh, North Carolina. Justin likes to read, collect magazines, work out, and play basketball. Away from his studies and extracurricular involvements Justin tends to spend a large amount time watching “chick flicks."
David Dean - Founder & Director
David has a passion for basketball and social justice. He captained his high school team and won all-conference academic honors as he continued to play at Guilford College in North Carolina. He transferred to Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and is now a rising senior studying Political Science and Sociology. David founded Unity Hoops Basketball in the spring of 2011 as a sophomore in college. On his campus, David leads many efforts that promote social justice and diversity education. He lives in Silver Spring, Maryland with his parents Janice and Ben, and sister Sara. David is currently finishing a semester abroad in Valparaíso, Chile, where he is studying social movements and critical pedagogy while also playing basketball for a small university.
Christina Mullen is a senior at Dickinson College majoring in Africana Studies. After a standout high school athletic career capped by a senior season as captain of her Montgomery Blair High School basketball team, Christina went on to play her sport for Dickinson College during her freshmen and sophomore years. With Dickinson Women's Basketball, she travelled to Costa Rica to play, travel, and run clinics for Costa Rican youth. She has spent the past two spring breaks rebuilding homes in New Orleans with other Dickinson Students and is currently the lead coordinator for the trip. In addition, Christina serves as the Multicultural Recruitment Intern in the Office of Admissions, working closely with staff members to create a diverse student body at Dickinson and promote cultural awareness and acceptance across campus. She also serves as a member of the Liberty Caps Society, the all volunteer tour guide group at Dickinson. Christina is a member of the Africana Studies Student Advisory Committee, as well as a student adviser to the Africana Faculty Committee. At Unity Hoops, Christina consistently brings smiles to the faces of children while using basketball as a vehicle to develop overall self-worth in the kids. She was born and raised in Silver Spring, MD, where she currently lives with her parents and two brothers. Christina loves the outdoors, playing guitar, photography, and cooking.
Steven graduated from Dickinson College in May 2011 with a BA in American Studies and Education. Through his experience at Dickinson, Steven developed a working relationship with the Tohono O’odham American Indian Nation in southern Arizona. Starting in his sophomore year and continuing through to his senior year, he traveled to this reservation annually for a week of service work and cultural immersion. Additionally, he spent a lot of time working with the youth of the Pisinemo village. Through this experience, Steven sought to become more involved with Native American issues and has since become an advocate on behalf of this particular American Indian Nation. Furthermore, Steven became motivated to work with Unity Hoops in an effort to help other Native American children in need. Steven has also spent time student teaching 8th grade American history and hopes to find a career that allows him to empower children through knowledge and learning. He brings a positive attitude, basketball knowledge, a passion for working with children and an open mind to Unity Hoops. He was born and raised in northern New Jersey, has two older sisters, and has recently become an uncle. He enjoys playing guitar, reading, learning, spending time with family and friends, and being outdoors.