Deanna was the first UAB player to be taken in the WNBA draft, going 8th overall to the Cleveland Rockers in 2002. She played for the Indiana Fever, Chicago Sky, as well as playing overseas in China, South Korea, Israel and Turkey.
WeAre1 is a family driven organization created by the husband and wife team of Deanna Jackson and Mardrecus Moreland. They both had the opportunity to play basketball at a high level. Therefore, they know what it takes to be successful on and off the court.
Mrs. Jackson played for UAB from 1998-2002. She was the first Conference USA woman’s basketball player to record 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in a career, leading the Blazers to a Sweet 16 bid, and as a result was selected for the C-USA All-Decade team.
In 2017, UAB retired her jersey number and elected her to the UAB Department of Athletics Hall of Fame.
She is proof that hard work does pay off!
“Growing up, I was inspired by my dad, a school teacher/coach who also led training camps for kids in our community. As a young woman, I helped to with these camps. I worked with my father to mentor and coach kids to be successful, not only on the basketball court but also in life.
“My husband has also trained and mentored kids for several years in the athletic world. We thank God for the ability and platform to give back to the community we love! We both grew up in the church and understand the importance of faith within every aspect of our lives. Our relationship with God guides our lives.
“At WeAre1, we teach, as well as model, life skills through the lens of an athletics-based curriculum. Our goal is to motivate and inspire the youth in our community. We want to have as much success off the court as we did on the court.”
Although we love sports, our program is more than just a basketball camp. Our driving principle is to see youth achieve their greatest potential by becoming a positive and healthy member of the community.
WeAre1 is focused on education, daily training and exercise, mentorship through fellowship, and tutoring. We believe these skills improve self-esteem, respect for others, and conflict resolution.
We believe all children should have every opportunity to learn in a safe and nurturing environment. It is our hope that we can help expand the horizons of every child we come in contact with. The youth of today are the future leaders of tomorrow.