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Celtics Hall of Famer Dave Cowens plans for a busy summer

The former player will launch a basketball camp program with the team, after 40 years running his own.

When everybody thinks about basketball, they think about the 3-point shot, the dunk, and blah, blah, blah. But it’s all the little things that make up players before they can do easily what they see on TV. I want campers to get a very broad understanding of what it takes to become A DECENT BASKETBALL PLAYER in terms of the commitment and the different skills.

In 1972, I did the first basic overnight boys and girls combined camp. No one had done that before. It was either all boys or all girls. I thought, “If I’m starting a business, I’m not going to eliminate half the population.” IT WAS BEFORE TITLE IX, before everything, but the girls were paying customers, too. And they wanted to play.

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