“If you don’t lose, you don’t win.”

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With seconds to the buzzer, the boy was in tears. Muresan stopped the game, took the boy aside, and stood with him until he made a shot. Then two. Then three.

Afterward, Muresan said, something dawned on him. “I thought, ‘Oh my god, I used to be like this kid.’ ”

Muresan founded the year-round, co-ed basketball workshop in 2004, four years after his NBA career ended. He coaches children as young as 6 on basketball’s fundamentals and teamwork skills, regardless of their playing proficiency. After nine years, he knows what it takes. “You need to give a lot from your heart,” he said.

“Giving everyone a chance to go in the game and then come out and get high-fives,” regardless of skill level, is a big draw for campers and their families,” says Christopher Iaquinta, a coach at the camp. “And Gheorghe really encourages them and just has a good time.”

Even if you lose a game, “you don’t have to be sad,” he says. “If you don’t lose, you don’t win.”

Read the full article from The Washington Post here.

 

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