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'Basketball changed my life,' Gov. Youngkin says at Armando Bacot's back-to-school basketball camp

Youngkin: 'Basketball changed my life'
Posted at 12:11 AM, Sep 05, 2022
and last updated 2022-09-05 11:42:26-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- Richmond native and UNC basketball player Armando Bacot hosted a back-to-school basketball camp for students over the weekend.

But the young players received more than new skills on the court out of the camp. Gov. Glenn Youngkin joined other organizations in giving away backpacks, school supplies and clothes to the youngsters.

Youngkin thanked Bacot for hosting the event and investing in Richmond’s future.

FULL INTERVIEW: Governor Glenn Youngkin at Armando Bacot's basketball camp

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The governor, who played college basketball at Rice University in Texas, said the sport offers valuable life skills.

"Basketball changed my life and really opened up opportunities for me that otherwise wouldn't have been," Youngkin said. "I got to go to college on a basketball scholarship, which gave me a great education. But on top of that, there's life lessons in basketball. How to be great teammates and how to help one another. How to let others, in fact, get the glory and still win."

Youngkin said the sport continues to impact him.

"Even when you put up the shoes and put the ball away, you can still see basketball every day in your life," Youngkin said.

The basketball camp was held at Big Ben's Home Court on Westwood Avenue.

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