Deon has been involved with Special Olympics since 1998, the year the organization was established in Namibia. He says Special Olympics has changed his life "for the better" and "opened doors."
He took part in his country’s first-ever football and track and field events and was selected as an alternate to represent Namibia in the World Summer Games in Dublin. By the 2007 World Games, he was captain of the Special Olympics football team that went on to win silver. Since then, he has helped plan the 2008 Football for Hope week and the 2009 Unified Basketball Competition.
Deon is always seeking new ways to serve his community. He helps out at his mother’s kindergarten for orphans and other vulnerable children. He coaches a senior female football team in a shantytown in Namibia’s capital. He is a certified Special Olympics assistant coach for the Football for Hope Movement. And he works with students who are repeating Grade 10 at Namibia College, doing his best to help them succeed.