Saint Mary’s Alum Embraces Global Community Service

Former collegiate basketball star Diamon Simpson ’09 has applied the SMC motto “Enter to Learn, Leave to Serve” on a global scale.

“After graduating from Saint Mary’s, I entered training camp with the Golden State Warriors,” said Simpson. “From there, I went to the development league of the NBA, and then accepted the opportunity to play professionally in Europe.”

Simpson has played in Turkey, Australia, Israel, Spain, the Czech Republic, Russia, and Venezuela, and now plays in Argentina. “I didn’t realize just how big international basketball is in these countries,” said Simpson.

Off-court, Simpson embraces community service. “I work with people who are less fortunate. In Australia, my team donated gifts for the holidays; in Turkey, we held camps for kids and donated gear; and in Spain, we worked with paraplegic athletes,” said Simpson.

Simpson affirmed that Saint Mary’s prepared him for his global experiences.
“I really didn’t know what to expect from college, but my professors, and especially the Socratic Seminars, opened my eyes and my heart to new perspectives,” he said. “I am humbled to have experiences like this.”