Richmond native Armando Bacot hosts back-to-school basketball camp

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

But the young players received more than new skills on the pitch outside of camp. Governor Glenn Youngkin joined other organizations in donating backpacks, school supplies and clothing to young people.

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

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

“Basketball has changed my life and really opened up opportunities for me that otherwise wouldn’t have been there,” Youngkin said. “I was able to go to college on a basketball scholarship, which gave me a great education. But on top of that, there are life lessons in basketball. How to be good teammates and how to help each other. How to let others, in fact, get glory and still win.”

Youngkin said the sport continues to affect him.

“Even when you put the shoes on and put the ball away, you can still see the basketball every day of your life,” Youngkin said.

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

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