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Hoop Dreams Come True
Before Swin Cash was a basketball superstar in the WNBA, she says she was just a skinny kid growing up in a housing project in McKeesport, Pennsylvania.

Although Swin knew she was a talented athlete, she says she had no idea how to make her hoop dreams come true…until she met Bob Gallagher. Bob ran a youth basketball club and took an immediate interest in Swin. "When I first met Swin, what really stood out was her intensity and focus," Bob says. "You could see her on the court, her desire to excel."

Bob became more than Swin's coach—she says he's the closest thing she's ever had to a grandfather. Swin even calls Bob her "Paps."

"[His] unconditional love for me is the reason why I believe that I've been able to accomplish the things that I'm doing today and become the person that I am," she says.
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FROM: Denzel Washington
Published on October 31, 2006

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