MICHAEL LONEY - FOUNDER
Michael founded Freedom Hoops in 2014 alongside friend and mentor Kevin Kacy of Freedom Fire. Michael teaches math at Eisenhower Middle School in Kansas City, Kan.
Throughout his career, basketball seemed to promise fulfillment but God used basketball to teach Michael to solely boast in Christ. He has a passion to follow Christ, romance his wife each day, point his son to Jesus, and to use basketball and the gospel to disciple and transform urban youth to know God.
DARON GRAY - MENTORSHIP & OPERATIONS
Daron Gray is married to Tonae and they have three children, Unity, Nubia and Dhosai. He was born and raised in Kansas City, MO and is a life long Kansas City Chiefs and Royals fan! Daron is a military veteran who served in the United States Navy at Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, WA. He received his undergrad from California Baptist University and is currently pursuing a Masters of Theological Studies with a focus in Pastoral Ministry at Midwestern Baptist Seminary.
Daron came to know Jesus as Lord in the fall of 2009 at a small family church in San
Bernardino, CA. In the summer of 2015, Daron and Tonae sensed the leading of God to relocate from southern California back to Daron’s hometown of Kansas City, MO. Once they fully transitioned to Kansas City, Daron and his family started attending Redeemer Fellowship where they would become active members and still currently serve within this body. In the spring of 2017, Daron had the opportunity to grow in pastoral ministry by participating in Redeemer’s newly established 2-year minority residency.
Daron is passionate about Kansas City and specifically the urban core. He longs to see the
beauty of Jesus, communicated by the gospel, captivate the hearts and minds of kids in our city resulting in transformed lives to the glory of God.
KRISTEN LONEY - ADMINISTRATOR
Kristen grew up in the Kansas City area. Upon graduating from K-State, she moved back to the area, where she met and married her husband Michael in 2011. She taught media classes for five years at Basehor-Linwood High School and now stays home with their son, Caleb. She manages all forms of media for Freedom Hoops and handles financial aspects of the organization.
RAMONE THOMPSON - RECRUITING COORDINATOR
Ramone has been with Freedom Hoops since 2014, and is a recreation director for Kansas City Missouri Parks and Recreation. Ramone uses that platform to help mentor youth and keep them physically active.
Ramone grew up in Wichita, where he developed a love for Christ and basketball. Ramone has a passion for helping youth while keeping his faith in Christ at the center. Email Ramone