Jonte Hall

Jonte Hall

Joining the Champion of Choices team of Presenters (Elementary School Program)

Joining the Champion of Choices team of Presenters (Elementary School Program)

Born & raised in Baltimore, MD. At a young age, I was offered to smoke & sell drugs. As tempting as it was to say “yes”, and make quick money, I knew early on that my dream was to play basketball. And I wasn’t going to let anything get in the way of chasing that goal, especially at the price of doing something illegal or to distract me. My focus was becoming a professional basketball player.

I was able to play during my 4 years at Carver High School, in Baltimore. One year of Jr Varsity and 3 years of Varsity. Then attended collge, CCBC Catonsville. Didn’t get to play as much as previously, but I learned a lot during my time there and it helped shape me into a better player. Shortly thereafter after only attending one year, had to drop out and take care of my mom, her health with M.S required urgent attention.

 

Life also required that I find a full-time job fast, so I accepted janitorial maintenance in corporate buildings. Saving as much money as I could to attend different professional minor league tryouts, to showcase my skills. And although I didn’t make it, due to my height being a big part of it. The feedback I received was that it wasn’t related to my talent. That kept me pushing, despite the nay-sayers! Some of which were family members who would tell me often to “give it up”, and “you’re too old!”, yet I was only 25 years-old then.

 

My mother has always believed in me, reminds me consistently to stay focused. Every step of the way during pro tryouts, her words were, “Baby, God has something better for you!” Not easy to hear that as impatient as I was, because I wanted it right then & there. But as life has played itself out, she has been right. Reaching my goal of becoming a “Harlem Globetrotter” in 2011 was a dream come true! Going into my 8th

year with the team, having traveled to 57 countries and 50 U.S States, is truly amazing!  Having touched so many lives worldwide, young and old! Showcasing our talent & humor, the smiles on the fans faces says it all!

 

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