Former NBA player, Columbus County native hosts basketball camp for kids

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – Summer camps are underway in southeastern North Carolina, and a Columbus County clinic is using the help of a former professional basketball player to teach valuable skills on and off the pitch.

Jerrod Mustaf was born in Whiteville. He played college basketball at the University of Maryland before playing four seasons in the NBA for the New York Knicks and Phoenix Suns. For the past 30 years, he has hosted basketball camps for children.

“I played for great coaches and they taught me a lot, so it makes sense to always want to give back,” Mustaf said. “You know, you have to play forward, you have to pay it back, give to those who didn’t have it and, therefore, always share what you learned.”

This week, Mustaf’s Take Charge program is hosting a basketball camp at the Boys and Girls Home in Lake Waccamaw. He says the goal of this camp is to teach both basketball skills and valuable life lessons.

“Basketball is teamwork,” Mustaf said. “It’s about cooperation, teamwork, accountability, responsibility, you know, all those things. So we want to make sure that basketball and those lessons for kids to learn and to move forward.

Mustaf says he wants to give kids the chance to learn from professionals like him since his only way to watch professional basketball as a kid was on TV.

Columbus County Basketball Camp is for kids ages 8-16 and runs through Friday. To learn more, click here.

Mustaf was also a recent guest on the “1on1 with Jon Evans” podcast.

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