Former NBA player Ghita Muresan has returned to Cluj-Napoca, the county he originates from, to teach children passionate about basketball how to shoot a basketball. Over 120 children are participating in the Ghita Muresan Summer Camp (August 10-13) in Cluj-Napoca on a court set in the parking lot of one of the city’s two malls.
The children will be divided into two groups of 60, according to age, and will train in two shifts, morning and evening. The camp is open to both boys and girls.
According to the well-known basketball player, the number of children who practice a sport regularly is higher than in the past. He stressed that alongside the physical activity children do in the park or in front of their blocks of flats, they need coherent sports programmes. Ghita Muresan believes that the summer camp he created almost a decade ago inspired others to set up sports programmes for children.
“I left Cluj and as long as I kept playing basketball, up to 2001, I kept on coming back to Cluj for several days a year during winter holidays. After I retired I thought about giving something back and the only thing I can do is to come back [here] and play basketball, to set up this camp. When the first edition was held, in 2002-2003, this was something new in Romania. The idea caught with others, too. At the same time, it is a good thing to bring the children together to do sports in a place that is set up for this purpose rather than allowing them to sit at the computer, to enjoy some leisure time. And here in Cluj the air is clean”, Ghita Muresan stated.
The famed basketball player added that he does not believe he can impart tricks to the children, because in reality everything consists of the training and repetition of movements, until they are able to do whatever they want with the ball.