His Kinship and Teachings Remain with me
My name is LeAnté Duren and I was the captain and starting forward for the University of Michigan-Dearborn in 2009. After graduating, I played semi-pro for several years. After basketball, I used my degree to enter a lucrative career in the corporate reason. However, I chose to leave my corporate career, because I wanted to do something where I could help people. I am now a Minister in the Pentecostal Church of God, as well as a Detroit firefighter. Throughout my life, I’ve had many people who contributed to me being able to accomplish the things I did throughout my career. None of these people contributed to my skill set as much Joel Lawmann.
I met Joel Lawmann in 2006. Before this, I was a street baller with some natural talent, but lacking in structure. My first college coach at Wayne County Community College (where I met Joel) stated that 1 summer working out under Joel’s tutelage, took my game from me barely making the team, to being a starter by my first college game. Joel taught me what being a top tier athlete was all about. I learned about the many things that would take my game to the next level: (to name a few) running 5 miles a day, strength training 6 days a week, nutritional education, offensive and defensive drills 6 days a week, and implementing all this in pick-up games and eventually practice/games with the team.
The most important thing that I appreciated about working with Joel, on top of him being a great friend and big brother to me, was that he shared my love for Jesus. We had many conversations, trained many kids who became college athletes, did some Godly work, and I believe that we both got closer to God through our friendship.
We now live in different states far away, but his kinship, and teachings (on and off the court), remain with me and add to me to this day.